Implications of the Unified Tertiary Matriculation Examination (UTME) on Teacher Education in Nigeria

Implications of the Unified Tertiary Matriculation Examination (UTME) on Teacher Education in Nigeria

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Implications of the Unified Tertiary Matriculation Examination (UTME) on Teacher Education in Nigeria

Admissions into tertiary education in Nigeria have been skewed towards University education since most candidates seeking admission into tertiary institution preferred universities to the Monotechnics, Polytechnics or Colleges of Education. While more than one million candidates apply into the Universities yearly, the Monotechnics, Polytechnics and Colleges of education together hardly record up to 350,000applicants. From available statistics, a lot of wastages were recorded between 2003 and 2008. The number of ,prospective undergraduates who failed to secure admission into the Universities was in a steady increase and thereby constitutes a societal problem.With the introduction of the Unified Tertiary Matriculation Examination (UTME), access would be expandedfor quality entrants seeking for admissions into tertiary institutions. This paper looks at the implications of UTME in tertiary education in general and teacher education in ,particular.

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