Supervising Minister of Education, Barr. Ezenwo Nyesom Wike urged Nigerian students to seek admission into Polytechnics and Colleges of Education to build the technological base of the country and the pool of highly qualified teachers in the country to drive the educational programmes of the country.
Nyesom Wike made this known to schoolwatch.com.ng grapevine after monitoring this Saturday’s 2014 Unified Tertiary Matriculation Examination (UTME) in Abuja.
He also declared that the Jonathan administration will continue to improve access to tertiary education in the country to ensure that more Nigerian students gain adminission upon their completion of secondary education.
Nyesom Wike stated that the creation of access to tertiary education is one of the pillars of the Four Year Strategic Plan of the Education sector for the Jonathan administration,hence the establishment of twelve new Federal Universities by the administration.
He said that the administration has also made it possible for states and private groups who meet the criteria set by the National Universities Commission, to get accreditation to establish new universities to accomodate more students.
Barr. Wike said: “The Jonathan administration will continue to work towards the creation of access to tertiary education in the country. The Four Year Strategic Plan of the Education sector being implemented by the administration has creation of access as one of the cardinal goals. That is why the administration established 12 new universities and the administration has created the environment for the National Universities Commission to license new state and private universities to admit more students”.
He expressed satisfaction with the conduct of the 2014 Unified Tertiary Matriculation Examination (UTME) on Saturday and plegded that the government will continue to work through JAMB to improve the quality of the examinations.
The Minister noted that the plan to ensure that next year’s examination will be completely computer based examinations is progressing smoothly. He said all the challenges noticed are being addressed to ensure that the transition is not hampered.
Also speaking, JAMB Registrar, Prof. Dibu Ojerinde said that he was happy with the conduct of the examinations.
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