The Minister of Education, Professor Tahir Mamman, has criticised the enrollment of young teenagers in the ongoing Unified Tertiary Matriculation Examination (UTME), saying the federal government may review age requirements for admission into tertiary institutions in the country.

Speaking in Bwari, Abuja shortly after monitoring the conduct of the examination, the minister reiterated that eighteen years remained the benchmark for admission into universities, and advised parents not to push their underage wards to higher education, especially university education.

The minister expressed unhappiness with the age of some candidates who applied to write the examination, noting that they fall below the age of persons who ought to seek admission into universities. Professor Tahir, however, applauded the conduct of the examination, describing it as peaceful just as he said irregularities visibly noticed in the past, had drastically reduced.

The 2024 UTME which started on the 19th of April, is expected to end on the 29th with over 1.9 million candidates sitting for the examination.

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