Just In: President Buhari reduces cost of UTME, SSCE, BECE forms

President Muhammadu Buhari, on Wednesday, November 28, 2018, has reduced the cost of the forms for Unified Tertiary Matriculation Examination (UTME); Senior School Certificate Examination (SSCE) and Basic Education Certificate Examination (BECE).

This was contained in a statement by Buhari’s Special Assistant on Digital/Media, Tolu Ogunlesi, who said the price reduction will take effect in January 2019.

With this, the price of JAMB UTME will be reduced from N5,000 to N3,500, NECO will drop from N11,350 to N9,850. He, however, did not indicate how much the BECE form will be reduced to.

Ogunlesi added that the Ministry of Education, headed by Adamu Adamu, has been directed by the President to “look into the reduction following the significant improvement in revenues being remitted to the Treasury by the Education Agencies.”

“The Exam Agencies are not meant to be revenue generating bodies, they are only supposed to cover costs and operating expenses. The sharp increase in remittances by JAMB (from less than N60 miliion in 2010 to 2016 to N15 billion in 2017/18) have shown that the fees being charged could be reduced,” the statement reads.

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