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Public Universities Admit Only 35% Of Applicants – Says JAMB

JAMB News: Out of a total of 1,735,892 candidates that registered for last year’s Unified Tertiary Matriculation Examination, only 35 per cent were given provisional admission into public universities as revealed by the Joint Admissions and Matriculation Board(JAMB) helmsman, Prof Dibu Ojerinde.

Ojerinde who made the disclosure yesterday at JAMB’s headquarters during a press briefing, lamented that public universities especially federal universities have not admitted up to 50 per cent of their carrying capacity.

While threatening to expose universities that waste scarce spaces, Ojerinde said, “Spaces are there but the universities have refused to take students and they are funded yearly. Universities have to wake up because spaces are there.

“Government has opened up access and so why are they not doing the right thing? There is no pass or fail dichotomy in JAMB as everyone can be admitted if they have the pre-requisites.”

In the same vein, he revealed that 1,606,753 candidates registered for the 2014 examinations out of which 990,179 applied for the Paper Pencil Test, with Imo State having the highest with 81,113 candidates, 25,325 applied for the Dual Based Test with Osun State as the highest with 2,091 candidates, and 616,574 candidates applied for the Computer Based Test.

“A total of 174 visually impaired candidates registered while 196 inmates registered from both Kaduna and Lagos prisons.”

Ojerinde threatened that “Anyone found with prohibited items would be deemed to have been engaged in examination malpractice and the full weight of the provisions of examination malpractice, Decree No 33 of 1999 will be applied.”

The board which has so far built 10 CBT centres will conduct the exams simultaneously in 392 towns in Nigeria and seven other countries.

Source: Leadership

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