The Vice-Chancellor of the University of Lagos (UNILAG), Prof. Oluwatoyin Ogundipe, has announced that the institution will begin its post-Unified Tertiary Matriculation Examination (Post-UTME) test, from February 15 to 23, 2021.
Ogundipe, while speaking to reporters in Lagos, appealed to public-spirited Nigerians to come to the aid of indigent candidates, by providing them with tablets device that will ensure they participate in the university’s non-physical post-UTME test.
He explains that the second wave spike of COVID-19 has forced all academic activities of the institution, including examinations, will be online.
He said: “We are to conduct our post-Unified Tertiary Matriculation Examination (Post-UTME) test on Feb. 15 to Feb. 23; that is, it will run for about nine days.
“This examination is going to be an E-examination such that wherever the candidates are, they do not need to come to campus. It is simple and convenient.
“We looked at the issue of indigent candidates; we then decided to see how we can carry them along.
“Right now, we have started talking to some friends of the university and alumni to see how we can get tablets that we can give them.
“We have got the number of these indigent candidates registered for the post-UTME test, and they are above 200,” he told NAN.
Ogundipe added that the candidates would need the tablets not just for the purpose of the post-UTME test but also to facilitate other e-learning processes.
“We are talking to the alumni president and friends of the university to get these tablets in order to facilitate e-learning processes,” he added.
The Vice-Chancellor confirmed over 50,000 candidates applied for admission into the university in the 2020/2021 academic session, with about 22,000 scoring 200 marks and above.
He however confirmed that 21,955 candidates have so far paid for the conduct of the post-UTME test.
“It is the first time that we are conducting this type of examination, and it is such that these candidates must have their laptops with cameras.
It will be recalled that the University of Lagos (UNILAG) had announced January 25, 2021, as the resumption date for its online classes, with the first semester of the 2019/2020 academic session scheduled to run until April 1, 2021.
However, few days after the institution released its revised academic calendar, a report surfaced online that the students are expected to pay N50,000 for classes, a claim which the management of the institution clearly denied.