The National Council on Education, the highest policy-making body on education in Nigeria has solidify the approval for complete swear off of the paper-pencil mode in the conduct of Unified Tertiary Matriculation Examination.
NCE gave the approval for the conduct of UTME through only the Computer-Based Test from 2015 at its just-concluded 60th meeting held at Abeokuta.
JAMB had, following the success it recorded in the last UTME through the CBT mode, insisted that it would commence full-scale CBT in 2015..
A communiqué issued and made available to newsmen in Abuja also indicated that the Draft National Education Quality Assurance Policy and its adoption by states, Federal Capital Territory and other relevant stakeholders have been approved by the council.
The council meeting, which had the Minister of Education, Mallam Ibrahim Shekarau, urged the Federal Ministry of Education and relevant agencies to adhere strictly to the admission policy of 30:70 ratio in favour of Technical/Trade subjects.
The NCE also directed the National Universities Commission (NUC ) to work with the National Board for Technical Education (NBTE) in order to conclude the process of articulation of National Diploma (ND) graduates of Innovative Enterprise Institutions (IEIs) to 200-Level in universities.
The move is ostensibly to remove the current discrimination meted to graduates of the institutions while trying to pursue further studies at the universities.
Some other resolutions of the council include approval of national and zonal advocacy, sensitization and monitoring programmes on Open and Distance Learning in Nigeria as well as the Draft National Vocational Education Curriculum for adoption by the states, FCT and other stakeholders.
Other approvals are: “Change of the Almajiri nomenclature to Tsangaya; the Draft Early Learning Development Standards for implementation by states, FCT and other relevant stakeholders; uniform standards for the non-formal skills acquisition centres to enable them key into the existing examining body for assessment and award of certificate; one-year pre-primary curriculum; printing of Blue Print and National Policy on Albinism and the draft National Policy on Special Needs Education and Guidelines for implementation by stakeholders.”
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