The Executive Secretary of the National Universities Commission (NUC), Prof. Abubakar Rasheed, while appearing before the Senate Committee on Tertiary Institutions and Tertiary Education Trust Fund (TET Fund) on Wednesday, informed that only about 30 per cent of the 1.7 million candidates who wrote the Unified Tertiary Matriculation Examination in 2017 would be offered admission. He also pointed out that there was a regulatory conflict between the Joint Admissions Matriculation Board and the universities offering admission to candidates.
The universities complained about the worsening infrastructural challenge, inadequate teaching aids and unavailability of adequate manpower to admit more candidates. This complaints along with the regulatory conflict between the Joint Admissions Matriculation Board (JAMB) and NUC among others. Has brought the fears that over 143,000 applicants may be denied placement in eight universities in the ongoing 2017/2018 academic session.
Prof. Abubakar further explained that out of about 1.7 million candidates, just about half a million can be admitted into the country’s universities, adding that unless there is increase in admission spaces in tertiary institutions, there will be admission crisis in this country.
However, checks by The Guardian reveal that of the 178, 052 candidates, who sat for post UTME in eight institutions, only 34, 104 stand a chance of being offered admission. For instance, at the University of Ibadan (UI), of the 62, 000 candidates that applied for the post-UTME, only 3, 500 candidates would be admitted. The University of Benin is no better as, of the 30, 000 applicants, the institution has only capacity to admit 10, 000 candidates.
While out of the 25, 000 candidates who sat for the post-UTME examination at the Lagos State University ((LASU), the institution currently has room for only 3, 500 freshmen. It’s the same news in the Federal University of Technology (FUTA), of the 13, 500 candidates who obtained forms for the institution only 3, 500 will be offered admission.
The stress of student placement are also felt by private institutions as Ambrose Ali University (AAU), would only admit 8,000 out of 15, 000 candidates, that applied to the institution; Elizade University (EU) will only offer admission to 400 out of 1,000 eligible candidates, while Covenant University (CU) will admit 1,704 candidates, out of 3,552 candidates.