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Saturday, August 15, 2015

Registrar warns candidates, parents, guardians over post UTME

The Registrar, University of Uyo (UNIUYO), Akwa Ibom State, Mrs. Edak U. Umondak, has warned candidates, parents and guardians to be vigilant as impostors and criminals may try to defraud them in the oncoming Unified Tertiary Matriculation Examination (UTME) Aptitude Test, ITRealms learnt.

The warning came on the heels of alarm raised by parents as the August 21, 2015 date for the Information and Communication Technology (ICT) –based UTME test for admission into UNIUYO, is days away.

The parents who said syndicates have hijacked the process, ITRealms gathered, decided to register their anger when they stormed the Correspondent Chapel of the Nigeria Union of Journalists (NUJ), Uyo, on Wednesday, claiming that the ICT section of the institution had put the admission up for sale to the highest bidder.

An anonymous parent who spoke on behalf of the protesters said that he was asked to pay N250, 000 for his son who wanted to study Law in the institution and that another parent was asked to pay N300, 000 for her daughter who intended to study Medicine.

"They called me that August 17, 2015 is the deadline to pay N250, 000 for my son who is applying to read Law in the institution; that I should pay the amount for the score to be allocated before the examination date, or else my son would write the test alone at the risk of not entering the institution this year," he added.

Another parent, according to All Africa.com,  Mrs. Namso Ekanem, said "even before this ICT-based examination, the scam was already in the system, my daughter had beat the required score to read Law, but was refused admission for those who were able to pay the prescribed fee for the Course"

The Management of the institution, led by the Vice Chancellor, Prof. Margaret Ekpo, ITRealms reports,  however denied the scam, explaining that such allegation is to dent the image of the institution, while the Director of Information and Public Relations Mr. Godfrey Essien, in an interview, said that the practice of examination fraud and agent of malpractices had given the School an image problem, adding that UNIUYO has put a "water tight security" to curtail such problem in the forthcoming test.

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