About 30 per cent of the 1 . 7 million candidates who wrote the Unified Tertiary Matriculation Examination in 2017, can get admission says Nigeria universities commission.
The NUC Executive Secretary , Prof . Abubakar Rasheed, said this in Abuja while appearing before the Senate Committee on Tertiary Institutions and Tertiary Education Trust Fund on Wednesday .
He also noted that there was a regulatory conflict between the Joint Admissions Matriculation Board and the universities offering admission to candidates .
Rasheed said owing to the limited admission spaces in tertiary institutions, an admission crisis was inevitable in the country.
He said , “ Out of about 1 . 7 million candidates who took the UTME , it is just about half a million that can be admitted into our universities . The crisis of admission in this country is inevitable . Unless we expand spaces, we shall continue to have an admission crisis in this country . Every examination has its own problem .
We believe that the JAMB examination is credible and all of us operating in the system respect the results of the UTME .
“ It is not about making money for the universities . JAMB is an excellent guide, but you cannot rely on it 100 per cent. There is a need to further examine the candidates for objectivity and to make the entire system credible . ”
The JAMB Registrar , Prof . Ishaq Oloyede , however , said there was no conflict between the board and the universities .
Oloyede said most of the candidates who sat for its examination did not have the required qualifications to gain admission .
He said , “ It is not true that we have 1 . 7 million candidates that are ready to go into the Nigerian university system . Out of the 1 . 7 million that took the UTME this year , not more than 30 per cent of them have the five credits in their Senior School Certificate Examination required to go into the university.
“ About 80 per cent of candidates at the point of sitting do not have the O ’ Level at all. They are awaiting results . So when we are building our theories and analysis , we need to be very cautious. If you score 400 over 400 and do not have the O ’ Level , you cannot come into the university. ”