THE POLICY, PRACTICE, PROBLEMS AND PROSPECTS OF THE UNIFIED TERTIARY MATRICULATION EXAMINATION (UTME) IN NIGERIA.

THE POLICY, PRACTICE, PROBLEMS AND PROSPECTS OF THE UNIFIED TERTIARY MATRICULATION EXAMINATION (UTME) IN NIGERIA.

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THE POLICY, PRACTICE, PROBLEMS AND PROSPECTS OF THE UNIFIED TERTIARY MATRICULATION EXAMINATION (UTME) IN NIGERIA.

The Nigerian Education Sector has over the years gone through policy changes. These changes emanated from the “,needs of the hour”,.The first National Policy on Education in 1969 was an expression of the general dissatisfaction with the then existing educational systems which were irrelevant to the national needs, aspirations and goals at that time. The Universities Matriculation Examination (UME) was introduced into the Nigerian Education system with the establishment of the Joint Admissions and Matriculation Board (JAMB) in 1978 to centralize admissions into the National Universities which had hitherto been characterised with problems of multiple applications and multiple admissions. In 1989, the Monotechnics, Polytechnics and Colleges of Education Matriculation Examination ,(MPCEME) was introduced. The present policy of the Unified Tertiary Matriculation Examination (UTME) is part of the specific activities of the Federal Ministry of Education to ,rebrand the education sector. The priority areas among others are: Access and Equity, Standards and Quality Assurance, etc. Since the approval of this policy by the FederalExecutive Council (FEC), the Joint Admissions and Matriculation Board has put in place ,planned strategies for its implementation with effect from April, 2010.

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