THE PERCEPTION OF UNDERGRADUATE STUDENTS ON POST UTME FOR UNIVERSITY ADMISSION IN NIGERIA
TABLE OF CONTENT
TABLE OF CONTENT
Background of the study
Statement of the problem
Purpose of the problem
Significant of the study
Delimitation of the problem
Definition of terms
The use of post UME test for meritorious admission
The impact of oral post UME on antisocial vices
Effect of written post UME on indiscipline
Post UME test and course placement
The use of post UME test in the determination of applicants knowledge
Sample and sampling techniques
Validity of the instrument
Administration of the instrument
Result and discussion
Discussion of finding
Summary , conclusion , and recommendation
BACKGROUND OF THE STUDY
Over the years, many parent and indeed the Nigeria society have come to appreciate the role of universities in the development of human resources . it is believed that university education enables an individual to earn higher lifetime income.
The Word University or cooperation of teacher and student for the nations manpower needs at the middle and upper levels, encouraging them to acquire proper values for survival and national development in order to play appropriate leadership roles. ( Federal Ministry of Education 2001).
According to Bajeh (2006) ,admission into territory institution were sole prerogative of individual university until 1978 when the federal government came with a policy that admission should be coordination centrally . this led to the setting up of joint Admission and matriculation Board ( JAMB) on 13 of February 1978 order to precisely establish the requirement for conducting the universities Matriculation Examination (UME) for the admission seekers into the Nigeria universities and fixing the qualified ones into the various course in the universities of their choices.
Moreover ,it has been discovered over the years that jamb has not lived up to its expectation which has been a problem in recent times. As a result of the call for a re- screening exercise by some university authorities for JAMB candidate, the board was faced with the problem of managing large number of admission seekers on yearly basis.
The increase in the level of corruption which has saturated every sector of the Nigeria both economic and political life, has affected JAMB, in thatsome parents bribe authorities for the admission of their children/ wards. There are also lots of evil plaguing the examination body.
The notice of these problem by the federal government led to the emergency of post UME screening test in order to reform the universities in the country. On Monday ,11th of September 2005 , the federal government issued directives to universities to further screen candidates recommend to them by JAMB based on agreed cut off mark ( guardian newspaper., October 2005)
The committee of vice chancellor then agreed after the first year of introducing post UME screening that the test must continue because it was regarded as the best thing that happen in the admission process of universities.
However , among various opinion about the post UME test some stakeholders in education have not being able to express their views and these are the undergraduate students on whom the effectiveness and objectives of the policy have and indicating impact , but of recent it has been observed that some undergraduate students are of the opinion that the policy of post UME test should come to stay because it aids the admission process and improve educational performance while some of these undergraduate seems to be believe that the post UME test should be cancelled because it is a waste of time ,money and efforts.
Moreover, some parents being part of stakeholders in education opined that the post UME policy should be allowed to stay because it has helped in appreciating their effort by admitting their qualified children, while some lament that it should be tenacious to them. The above has made the researcher to conceived the idea of the study
Statement of the problem
The study is designed to know the perception of undergraduate students towards the use of post UME test for Ekiti admission into university of Ado- ekiti ,while introducing the policy , the federal ministry of education (FME) , national university commission (NUC) , joint admission and matriculation board (JAMB) who happen to be the major stakeholders in university education were not speaking uniformly on this issue. After its adoption and application by some universities , stakeholders still doubted its efficiency.
The question is, how do undergraduates observe the impact of post UME test on their academic performance? Would post UME test help in reducing or curbing acts such as cultism, examination malpractice ,indecent dressing among others? Would post UME test help in correcting the problem of choice of the course of study which is usually faced by most student? Would post UME test be conducted transparently while admitting the qualified applicant? Considering the economic status of the nation, what would that cost of conducting post UME test be? These questions among others are what the study would try to provide answer to
Purpose of the problem
The induction of post UME test for admission has generated serious disputes and lot debates among the stakeholders in education. The national university commission (NUC) , the federal ministry of Education and the committee of vice chancellors were in total support of the post UME policy but JAMB as a body picked holes in the conduct of the post UME test saying that it was hastily done. The educational right campaign (ERC) is also another body that has condemned the introduction of the post UME test saying the test is just to put more burden and poverty on the candidates and their parents. Among the stakeholders, the undergraduates opinion that the post UME policy is a way of exhorting money from candidates and allowing only the rich to be admitted while some say it is a way of vindicating the brilliant candidate who have been cheated by JAMB during the former admission process. The study intends to give an insight into whether post UME test achieve its goal or not. The study wil therefore seek to identify undergraduates views and opinion about the use of post UME test in the determination of admission into university of Ado_Ekiti.
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