Every day in every city, Nigerian youths face gargantuan challenges ranging from economical to educational leaving vibrant, brilliant young minds hopeless after multiple failed attempts. Today, 7 epic debaters are going to contribute to a very controversial topic, the cancellation of POST-UTME. Get ready to gain fresh insight from their critical thinking and creative writing skills.


And now, we bring you their entries.




Sadly, the federal government has taken the most detrimental turn in education by announcing the cancellation of Post-UTME.

My submission stems from the experience I had when seeking admission. Ten of us at the tutorial centre I attended had 280+ score in our UTME. We all had the same school in mind.

The Post-UTME we had showed that only 3 of us are legitimate owners of our UTME scores. This, no doubt, shows that UTME alone cannot guarantee an unadulterated education and post-UTME worked as a sieve to separate honest students from cheats.




For some decades now, the education in Nigeria has been a victim of deadly plagues ranging from under-funding and examination malpractices to poor quality of teachers. While clear-sighted individuals have been wishing for its quick recovery, a move that will continue to deal it destructive blows has just been made by the corresponding ministry.

Nigeria is nowhere near the global benchmark for literacy and only a disappointing percentage of the literate are literally literate. Hitherto its cancellation, Post-UTME had served as a third level scrutiny to ensure that candidates coming into the tertiary institutions are those who can really thrive there.

Even with that, there have been alarming records of graduates who hardly could construct blunder-void English sentences and those who had too little to offer in the disciplines they studied in school. There is no doubt that the made-easy and cheap entrance into Nigerian institutions will be directly proportional to the worth and quality of education in the coming years.




What is cancellation? This is the process to annul or cancel something.

Post-UTME is the exam done after JAMB before gaining admission into the university of one’s choice. This is conducted by each university.

Cancellation of POST-UTME is a minus for education in Nigeria because it will reduce the quality of education in Nigeria in the sense that each university will just give admission anyone whether qualified or not. POST-UTME helps to test d brain of applicant whether they can cope with school programme of learning.

POST-UTME also helps student to broaden their scope of study because they travel to another state or town and travelling is part of education. It helps students to know more about happenings in their surrounding and country as a whole.

With these, I believe cancellation of POST-UTME is a minus to education in Nigeria.




Good day panel of judges, my name is Adeniran Moses Abayomi. I am here to support the motion which says; cancellation of Post-UTME: plus or minus to Nigerian education. To start with, we all need to know what Post-UTME is, it is an examination conducted by a higher institution of learning after the joint admission examination board (JAMB) as conducted the universal tertiary matriculation examination (UTME). This is done to trim down the number of candidates to be admitted by such institution.

Firstly, I support the cancellation of the Post-UTME because it will be a plus to our education since, every year, students leave secondary school aiming to get admitted into a tertiary institution, but having passed the UTME, they have to sit for another UTME the following year because they failed to pass the Post-UTME, this has resulted in the accumulation of students leaving secondary school writing UTME again.

Secondly, the cancellation of Post-UTME will be a plus and not minus to our education because it will give students the opportunity to get admitted to their choice of course and not what their Post-UTME cut-off mark has fetched them. Many students are in several tertiary institutions today that are interested in a course but due to their Post-UTME cut-off mark, they have to change the course to another one of low interest or no interest at all. But if Post-UTME is cancelled it will help students get admitted into their course of choice and this will help in the development of the society, because it is what you have interest in that you will be good at.

In conclusion, cancellation of Post-UTME in Nigeria will be a plus because it will reduce the number of students enrolling for UTME every year to those just leaving secondary school and those that have left like two or three years ago won’t add to the number. Also, it will be a plus because students will be able to study in the course they are interested in and not what their Post-UTME cut-off mark fetched them. I believe with the points above, I have been able to convince you that, Cancellation of Post-UTME: is a plus not a minus to education in Nigeria. THANK YOU






By and large, PostUTME is TIME WASTING for the school’s system and for candidates. RISKS AND HAZARDS of travelling, theft and all unthinkable eventualities on admission pursuit that is unsure. OVERCHARGED FEES on the part of Post UTME organizers. REPETITIVE TEST FORMAT of JAMB and sometimes even below standards. NOT Being a TRUE TEST as in some cases, the inconsistencies that bedevil the UTME also show up at Post UTME. There is sometimes a marked lack of integrity of the PostUTME process which leaves student more CONFUSED THAN THE LEARNING EXPECTED.

PostUTME is not a blessing to Nigeria Education system.






Education, like other sectors in Nigeria is plagued with mismanagement and corrupt practices. It can best be described as watery. The credibility of Jamb is Questionable, as arrays of special centers abound in the country who not only make huge amounts of money from this act of gross immorality but also take pride in their handiwork such that they openly advertise and state emphatically that if patronized, not only will their clients pass JAMB but also state the probable mark such Clients would score. Also, The Task of admitting students will definitely be more daunting if Post Utme were to be cancelled.

Cancellation of post Utme will further jeopardize the already watery Educational system.






First of all, looking critically at the educational system of the country which has taken a decline over years now, most especially in terms of standards judging from the saddonic performances recorded year in year out in the West Africa Examination Council written by secondary school levers, one would expect that the federal government would gear in efforts in resurrecting the dilapidated standard of education in the country by ensuring severe methods in curbing the menace of malpractices, which most students has found as an excuse to relaxing in their oars.


The Post-Utme which in 2005/2006 was put in place by the then Minister of education in person of Mrs Chinwe Obaji, for due to the inadequacy of the ‘so-called Utme screening exam’ in producing qualified candidates for admission into the tertiary institutions, discovered the need for second screening as a form of defence if the result gotten from the Utme screening process. This invention then was very laudable and greeted with much applause for its effectiveness in detecting suspected cases of malpractices. This also led to students sitting up basically for the exercise which was not as loose as the Utme.


I believe strongly that much restructuring and overhauling is actually needed presently in the educational system of the Country, but I would suggest the government ‘Major on the Major and minor on the minor’, the scrapping of the post-utme excercise is in no way beneficial to the educational standard of the country as we shouldn’t only look within because we are in a race with the world labour market and the country’s system is accessed on world standard it would be so hazardous for the government at this era where resurrection is actually needed that laws that might make the country look unrepentant and our certificates worthless by international standards.

An open concession should be held in a bid to looking for a forward in reclaiming our once held fame for academic excellence in the country.




Cancellation of POST-UTME.

What’s your take?

Did the federal government make the right move or has FG put Nigeria’s tertiary education on the brink of failure?

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Ogunbowale Olugbenga is a multiple award winning social entrepreneur & digital skills expert. An alumnus of the Leadership in Business Institute of Kellogg School of Management (USA), He has a Bachelor of Science degree in Psychology from Obafemi Awolowo University (Nigeria). Inspired by the plight of millions of unemployed youths, Olugbenga founded, a digital agency passionately growing businesses & accelerating the application of digital skills for economic prosperity across Africa. To help institutions prevent scandals & promote performance, Gbenga founded Polivoice.Work, an anonymous employee feedback tool that captures & analyses feedback anonymously in real time to detect, predict & improve work place conditions. A Mandela Washington Fellow, Tony Elumelu Fellow, Royal Common wealth society fellow, YALI star of business & YALI network influencer, Olugbenga is the founder of Africa’s biggest orphanage outreach, The Orphan Empowerment Society, with a 5,000 strong volunteer force and a presence in 19 African countries empowering thousands of orphans with free vocational skills, medical care, & food. He is also the co-founder of the communication & leadership organization, Pacesetters Leadership Club.

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