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Jamb/Post-Utme2015: Candidates, parents head for court over Outrageous cut-off mark


Parents and candidates of Unified Tertiary
Matriculation Examination, set to be stopped
from sitting the forthcoming post-UTME,
University of Lagos, by the Joint Admission and
Matriculation Board, draged the board to
the court today (Friday).

They will be praying the court to stop further
sale of post-UTME form in public universities.

Hundreds of UTME candidates had on
Wednesday stormed UNILAG to protest against
the decision by the institution to stop them from
sitting for the post-UTME.

The candidates alleged that the authorities of
the university, in liaison with the JAMB, had
rolled out a new admission procedure that
prevented them from taking the examination to
secure admission into the ivory tower.

UNILAG and JAMB had defended their different
involvements in the exercise.

While the Head of Public Relations, JAMB, Dr.
Benjamin Fabian, said the board did not
intentionally exclude any candidate, the
Registrar, UNILAG, Dr. Taiwo Ipaye, said the
university was only working with the post-UTME
screening list sent by JAMB, adding that only
candidates whose names were forwarded to
UNILAG by JAMB were eligible for the 2015/2016
post-UTME screening.

The President, Association of Tutorial School
Operators of Nigeria, Mr. Sodunke Oludotun, who
led the Wednesday protest to UNILAG premises,
told our correspondent in an interview that the
affected parents and students had agreed to
seek redress in court on the matter.

He said their lawyer would file the suit against
JAMB at the Federal High Court in Ikoyi today
(Friday).

Oludotun said, “We have decided to go to court.
We will be in court on Friday. Mr. Femi Falana is
aware. Our lawyer too is going to file the court
process on Friday.

“On Friday, all the students and their parents are
following us to the court in Ikoyi. We are going
to protest there. On our way to the court, we are
going to block the Third Mainland Bridge before
getting to the court.

“Our lawyer said all the people that heard of the
case in the court were very angry when he went
there today (Wednesday). It is annoying. That is
one step we are going to take.”

He added that the protesters would also involve
Falana, a human rights activist and Senior
Advocate of Nigeria on the matter.

The protesters had on Wednesday alleged that
the university raised its cut-off to 250 marks
against the recommended 180 marks by JAMB.

JAMB had, on July 14, after its sixth consultative
meeting with stakeholders in Abuja, pegged the
cut-off mark to 180 for candidates seeking
university admission and 150 marks for those
seeking places in polytechnics and colleges of
education.

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