The National Universities Commission (NUC) Executive Secretary Prof. Abubakar Rasheed has said,owing to limited spaces in the universities, only 30 per cent out of the 1.7 million candidates who wrote the unified tertiary matriculation examination (UTME) will be admitted this year.
Prof. Rasheed spoke at the one day public hearing organized by Senate Committee on Tertiary Institutions and TETFund on the regulatory conflict between JAMB and universities in offering admission in Nigeria.
The NUC boss said the limited spaces in Nigeria’s tertiary institutions have made admission crises unavoidable. According to Rasheed, the only way to prevent admission crisis is to either allow more access or create more universities to accommodate more students.
Prof. Is-haq Oloyede who is JAMB Registrar said that JAMB and Nigerian University has no conflict. He also said that 1.7 million candidates who took the exam are not ready for University. According to him only 30 percent of them will be admitted this year because many who sat for JAMB are just testing their brain and some do not have their O’Level, they are awaiting results.