The Registrar, Joint Admissions and Matriculation Board (JAMB), Prof. ‘Dibu Ojerinde, on Friday asserted that the only way to end irregular admission problem in the country is if Post-UTME screening text is centrally conducted.
His words: “First of all, we have to see the universities that are overloaded and can never absorb the lot. In some universities, 43,000 candidates scored 200 and above; in some other universities, 39,000 candidates scored 200 and above. No carrying capacity of any university is more than 9,000. If out of 43,000 candidates who scored 200 and above, you take 9,000, we are saying instead of giving them the whole lot of 43,000, let’s give them 18,000. We doubled it and said they should take any 9,000 that they like out of this 18,000. We didn’t say you must take, but consider them, let us take the remaining 20,000 to institutions that have not got candidates so that they can be considered at the same time instead of running from pillar to post. The only way to solve that problem is if the post-UTME is centrally conducted such that the score in Lagos will be tenable in Calabar or Maiduguri and anywhere”.
When ask if he was suggesting that post-UTME screening test should be centrally conducted. He said; “Of course, I am suggesting it. If each university will be conducting its own post UTME, believe me, there will be no end to this crisis, and no end to the situation of irregular admission”.
Ojerinde also dilate on why Over one million candidates have failed to seek admission every year…
His word; “It is because of the capacity of the institutions and the need for education. Everybody wants to go to school but we do not have enough space in our universities and you cannot tell them not to take the examinations. There was a time that Professor Jibril said those in the final year should not take UTME. But are we not already saying they are not suitable? But there are candidates now in the secondary schools who are brilliant, you can’t select them, the only thing is to give them a chance to try”.
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