Vice Chancellors deny fixing post-UTME screening fee
The Association of Vice Chancellors of Nigerian Universities (AVCNU) has denied reports that the Federal Ministry of Education and other stakeholders in the tertiary education sub-sector have agreed on N2,500 as fee for post-Unified Tertiary Matriculation Examination (post-UTME) screening.
Secretary-General of the association, Prof. Michael Faborode, who disclosed this in a statement made available to The Guardian yesterday in Abuja, said the AVCNU does not speak for Federal Government, adding that it was the duty of the Ministry of Education to make such pronouncement.
Faborode, who noted that nowhere in the statement was it said that Computer Based Test (CBT) was scrapped by the Federal Government, said: “The whole story exhibits poor reportage, contains half-truth and conjectures, and represents very poor translation of the proper content of a written information.
“Nowhere was it also said that a fee of N2,500 was agreed and ratified by the Permanent Secretary, Education.
“The content of the document was the outcome of the meeting of VCs under the aegis of their association, AVCNU. Hence, it was not the outcome of the meeting of VCs, Rectors, Provosts, and leaders of tertiary educational institutions as portrayed in the article.
“AVCNU has good relationship with several news media, but detest wrong reportage by emergency on-line outlets that are unduly hasty, racy and overtly sensational rather than being factual in their approach.”