On behalf of the federal government, the Minister of Education, Malam Adamu Adamu, has directed 42 higher institutions that charged over N2, 000 Post-Unified Tertiary Matriculation Examination (UTME) fee during the 2017/18 admission exercise to refund the excess money to applicants.
The minister also queried the institutions involved to explain why disciplinary actions would not be taken against them for violating the government’s directive which said post-UTME fee per candidate shouldn’t exceed N2, 000.
These disclosures were made by the Registrar, Joint Admission and Matriculation Board (JAMB), Prof. Ishaq Oloyede, on Tuesday in Abuja at a stakeholders’ meeting.
He said in the event that the candidates could not be found the money should be given to “some non-religious orphanages,” adding that some institutions had started complying with the directive.
His words: “There are 42 institutions queried by the minister for charging more than N2,000 for the post-UTME.
“The affected universities are now refunding the excess to the candidates and the candidates are reporting back to us.
“In one case where the university could not trace the affected students, the minister directed that the money should be paid to a non-religious orphanage.
“The candidates in that case could not be traced for a refund. Hence, the minister has put his feet down that all excess charges should be refunded.
“Where the universities have the list, they are paying the candidates directly.
“The purpose of this stakeholders’ meeting is to brief those officials who will be on the field for the 2018 UTME.
“We also reviewed the incidents of 2017 and welcomed recommendations from the stakeholders.”