The Joint Admission and Matriculation Board (JAMB) registrar, Professor Dibu Ojerinde, has reacted to criticisms and protests that trailed the newly introduced university admission policy, stating that the policy introduced by JAMB, “is actually meant to help the candidates not only to get admission but to get it on time.”
Read excerpts from his interview with journalists below;
“By this approach, wastage of high scores will be reduced, the fate of the candidates will be determined on time and yet the interest of their areas of study may be satisfied,” Ojerinde stated.
He explained that the decision became imperative because “the big universities are overloaded” while others have spaces that are not filled.
“Can you imagine 8,000 students seeking admission to study law in a university that will take only 250 candidates for law? The remaining 7,750 candidates will wait endlessly and hopelessly till the end of the admission. Or imagine 7,500 candidates seeking admission to study medicine in a university. Of these 7,500 candidates, 2,000 scored above 250 in the UTME. The university has a carrying capacity of only 150 candidates for medicine. The remaining 7,350 who scored above 200 will be wasted. Particularly, 1,750 candidates who scored above 250 will be wasted while other universities either do not have enough candidates or high scoring candidates,”
“We are saying; let’s give them a feel of chance somewhere else that has not gotten enough candidates for law or medicine by sending the names of these high scorers to “needy” universities. In addition, the concept of selection by merit, catchment area and educationally less developed states will be adequately catered for.
“However, I am not saying that everyone will get admission or even get their original choice of course of study. But it is better than wasting the time, finances, and good scores of these candidates. We need to fill the available spaces as given to us by the regulatory bodies such as the National Universities Commission (NUC); National Board for Technical Education (NBTE) and the National Commission for Colleges of Education (NCCE).
“But if a candidate does not want the given opportunity, he can decline the offer and just refuse to take any step,” the JAMB Registrar stated.
Ojerinde pointed accusing fingers at some so-called educational consultants who he claim have hidden agenda, which are being thwarted by JAMB’s new policy, as being the brains behind the protests, warning that: “This is a period of CHANGE. If they do not CHANGE they will be CHANGED.”