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Thursday, May 3, 2018

JAMB Admission Shortfall: Nigeria needs 1m varsity spaces.

Kano State Deputy Governor Professor Hafiz Abubakar monitoring the conduct of the ongoing Joint Admission and Matriculation Examination across the State. File Photo

NO fewer than one million students seeking admission through the Joint Admissions and Matriculation Board, JAMB, every year have failed to get slots in tertiary institutions in Nigeria as the system cannot admit more than 600,000 in any given year. In 2013, 1,629,102 registered for UTME, in 2014, it was 1,606753 and 1,000,400 in 2015. For 2016, a total of 1,589,175 registered, just as 1,736,571 and 1,662,762 registered in 2017 and 2018 respectively.

With 158 universities and 115 polytechnics, colleges of education and monotechnics, their carrying capacity is still slightly above 600,000. Meanwhile, an average of 1.6 million UTME candidates register for entrance examination yearly. Available statistics show that the approved capacity by the National Universities Commission, NUC, for each of the federal universities is between 7,000 and 15,000. 

There are some state and private universities whose capacities are between 1,000 and 4,000. This is imperative because the Quality Assurance Department of the NUC ensures that no university admits beyond its capacity. Besides, investigations also revealed that the grading of students’ WASSCE results and UTME score by universities as qualifications for admission is one of the reasons WAEC and NECO candidates engage in examination malpractices. 

They do so in order to score ‘A’s or ‘B’s. They feel that having grade A or B in WASSCE would give them the chance of securing the limited admission spaces in the universities.

This Article was first published in Vanguard , Follow This Link to read full story: CLICK HERE

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