Nigeria: Group warns institutions against post -UTME screening, says court order subsists


A non-governmental organisation, Legal Defence Assistance Project (LEDAP) has warned managers of the nation’s tertiary institutions against conducting the post Unified Tertiary Matriculation Examinaion (UTME), warning that there’s a subsisting order of the court against the exercise.

The group, in separate letters to the minister of education, mallam Adamu Adamu, alongside heads of universities, polytechnics and colleges of education, and obtained by The Guardian said the court had declared the conduct of post-UTME in the nation’s tertiary institutions as illegal.

The letter signed by LEDAP national coordinator, Chino Obiagwu read in part:

“It has come to our notice that some universities, polytechnics and colleges of education in Nigeria are currently selling forms for post-UTME examinations and other screening tests for admission into the institutions.Please take notice that there is a subsisting Judgment of the Federal High Court in Suit No: FHC/ABJ/CS/979/15 between LEDAP and Joint Admission and Matriculation Board (JAMB), the minister of education and the National Universities Commission (NUC), wherein the court held that only JAMB can conduct examinations and give admissions into tertiary institutions by virtue of Section 5 (1) (2) of the agency’s act.

Furthermore, the court declared the post-UTME conducted by the institutions as illegal, and further issued a perpetual injunction restraining them from conducting post-UTME or any other form of examination.


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EEUU: College admissions probe relates to bias against Asian Americans’

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Resumen: El Departamento de Justicia de Estados Unidos (DOJ, por sus siglas en inglés) dijo el  miércoles  que un proyecto que investiga supuestos prejuicios raciales en el proceso de admisión a universidades estadounidenses tiene como objetivo investigar un caso específico involucrando estudiantes asiáticos que fue presentado en mayo de 2015.Un portavoz del departamento describió un artículo de primera plana del 2 de agosto en el New York Times , titulado » Unidad de Derechos de los Estados Unidos para estudiar el sesgo antiblanco «, como «inexacto». La historia, recogida por los medios estadounidenses, aborda la investigación a las universidades norteamericanas por sus políticas de admisión consideradas discriminatorias contra asiaticos. El informe se basó en un documento interno del DOJ obtenido por el periódico en busca de abogados de personal para un nuevo proyecto sobre «investigaciones y posibles litigios relacionados con discriminación intencional basada en la raza en la universidad y universidades». La portavoz del DOJ dijo que la investigación a la que se aludió en el New York Times se refería a una denuncia presentada por 64 grupos asiáticos que «alega la discriminación racial contra los asiáticos en la política y las prácticas universitarias».

The United States Department of Justice has clarified ‘inaccurate’ report that it is investigating ‘anti-white’ discrimination. Asian American groups have welcomed the move

The United States Department of Justice (DOJ) said on Wednesday that a project probing alleged racial bias in the US college admissions process is aimed at investigating a specific case involving Asian American students that was filed in May 2015.

A department spokeswoman described an August 2 front-page article in the New York Times, headlined “US Rights Unit to Study Antiwhite Bias,” as “inaccurate.” The story, which was picked up by the US media, said the agency’s civil rights division was preparing to probe and sue American universities over affirmative action admissions policies “deemed to discriminate against white applicants.”

The report was based on an internal DOJ document obtained by the newspaper seeking staff attorneys for a new project concerning “investigations and possible litigation related to intentional race-based discrimination in college and universities.”

The DOJ spokeswoman said the investigation alluded to in the New York Times story concerned a complaint filed by 64 Asian American groups that “alleges racial discrimination against Asian Americans in a university’s admission policy and practices.” The university wasn’t named.

The DOJ appears to be referring to a suit filed by the Asian American Coalition for Education (AACE) in May 2015 against Harvard University that alleges the Ivy League school discriminates against Asian American applicants through the use of racial quotas that disregard their academic, test score and other qualifications. The filing was supported by more than 60 Asian American organizations nationwide.

Asian American groups backing the admissions suit against Harvard welcomed the DOJ’s probe.

“This is a direct and very positive response to the complaint AACE filed in 2015”

“The Asian American Coalition for Education (AACE) is very pleased to learn that the US Department of Justice is considering a civil-rights-violation investigation into the admissions processes of Harvard and other Ivy League colleges for their alleged discrimination against Asian American students,” the group said in a statement. “This is a direct and very positive response to the complaint AACE filed in 2015.”

“The DOJ initiative is very helpful,” said S.B. Woo, president of the 80-20 National Asian American PAC, a political action committee that is among the groups supporting the complaint against Harvard.

Asian American backers of affirmative action are opposed to the DOJ’s move, however. “It’s absolutely ridiculous that the Trump administration is directing tax payer dollars to target a program that only begins to level the playing field for communities of color seeking access to higher education,” Ivy Yan, a graduate of the Harvard College Class of 2015, told Asia Times. “Affirmative action policies benefit all students, including Asian Americans, which is why it has been upheld in the courts time and again.” Yan will be returning as a law student to Harvard this fall.


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