The Delta State university (DELSU) has disclosed that it will conduct an aptitude test for candidates applying for the 2017 admission into undergraduate programmes offered in the university.
This was disclosed by the Registrar of the university, Daniel Urhibo when contacted by newsmen.
He however stated that the aptitude test the school is going to conduct is quite different from the one conducted by JAMB and it will be computer-based.
When asked to state the difference between the computer based test the school is going to conduct and the Post-UTME test that was abolished by JAMB last year, the Registrar told newsmen that the Federal Government did not scrap post-UTME test.
He explained: “It is the same agency of the government that said ‘you can select your students’.
“Twenty-six thousand candidates applied to DELSU; how do you select, may be 5,000 or 6,000? There must be some kind of uniform test to assess them.
“Last year, we asked them to submit their secondary school results and we graded them. Do you know that people claiming to have ‘A’s in their results could not write their names?
“Some of them had forged results. We went to the internet and discovered that somebody who claimed to have scored 300 in UTME had just 120.
“So, if you use that type, you won’t get the best; that is why there is some kind of a little aptitude test for them.”
Regarding the N5000 candidates are expected to pay for the screening as against the 2,500 approved by the federal Government last year, he said that the N5000 is to cover the cost of the aptitude test as the schools is not in good financial position to cover the cost.
He mentioned that the school need money to get materials for the test, pay those that will administer the aptitude test and mark it as well as service its computers and develop the software for the test.