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Every Nigerian student may not have the opportunity to study at the university, as that level of higher institution is not meant for everyone.
Ibrahim Garba, vice chancellor, Ahmadu Bello University, Zaria, Kaduna State, said at an exclusive interaction with BusinessDay in Lagos.
According to Garba, the nation’s universities do not have adequate and enough facilities to accommodate every student that aspires to study at the university level.
Universities can only admit within the available spaces, he said, and this is the reason each university raises its UTME score even after JAMB has pegged admission marks at 200.
The vice chancellor, who denied that universities use post-UTME exams to generate revenue, said universities introduced post-UTME exams to further cut down the number of students to a manageable number, which is why universities have to raise the admission bar.
He said if many students who rush for university education explore opportunities in polytechnics, monotechnics and colleges of education, they would conveniently be admitted.
“Universities are not meant for mass education,” he said.
While advising students to study hard, he equally encouraged them to apply to other forms of higher learning to be trained as technicians, mechanics, saying such technical knowledge was highly lucrative both at home and abroad.
“University is meant for those with both mental and financial capacities,” he maintained, but denied that universities only admit highflying students who had scored distinctions in their basic education, saying that universities only follow the quota system set by the government and relevant authorities in the education sector.