University education is not meant for everyone – VC

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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.

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Respite for 1.7 M candidates as JAMB Releases 2019 UTME Results

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The anxiety of candidates that sat for the  2019  UTME examination is over as the  Joint Admission Matriculation Board (JAMB) has released the 2019 UTME results.

Ishaq Oloyede, Register of Jamb, while releasing the results in Abuja Saturday said about 1,792,719 candidates sat for the exams, while 34,120 candidates had their results withheld for examination malpractice.

Oloyede also stated that 15,145 results were withheld for further clarification, including cases of identical twins.

It will be recalled that the decision by Joint Admissions and Matriculation Board (JAMB) to delay the release of the 2019 Unified Tertiary Matriculation Examination (UTME), heightened the anxiety of over 1.8 million candidates that sat for the examination.

The unusual delay, aside from frustrating the preparation and academic plans of most candidates,  provided a leeway for dubious mercenaries operating Computer Based Test (CBT), centre to deceive and dupe unsuspecting candidates seeking solutions.

BusinessDay investigations reveal that carrying capacity in tertiary education institutions in Nigeria has not significantly improved in relationship to the exponential growth in the number of candidates seeking tertiary education in the country.

Tertiary education institutions in Nigeria include, but not limited to, the universities, colleges of education and polytechnics. In the 2019 Unified Tertiary Matriculation Examinations (UTME), over 1.8 million candidates sat for the examinations, while the spaces availableare not more than 500,000.

Fabian Benjamin, public relations person for JAMB had said the board would carry out all the necessary steps before releasing the result.

Benjamin said that JAMB won’t release the result instantly because JAMB Registrar had discovered that public outcry over little delay in the release of result made it a little bit difficult to do things that would guarantee the credibility of the results.

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