Only 3,500 out of 60,000 candidates will get UI admission as Provost faults the effect of lowering the cut-off marks for colleges of education.
The University of Ibadan (UI) will only offer admissions to 3,500 out of the 60,000 candidates that applied for her undergraduate courses, this figure is 50% lower than what the National University Commission (NUC) has allotted the institution.
Giving the breakdown by the Vice Chancellor, Professor Idowu Olayinka, said though the institution had the capacity to admit 7,000 candidates out of the 20,949 that sat for its recently concluded Post Unified Tertiary Matriculation Examination (UTME), but only 3,500 candidates would be considered. He ruled out admission for any candidate that scored less than 50% in the UTME due to its resolve to create space for post-graduate students.
Dr. Sijibomi Olusanya stated this clearly during a briefing at the college on activities for the institution’s 37th and 50th convocation.
“We have been telling the government to change the NCE programme to two years. Then after the two years, you spend another two years to get a Bachelor’s degree, so it will amount to the same four years. If we can do that, enrolment will improve. It is not lowering cut-off marks that will make students come to COE; it is the problem of spending long years in the higher institution. That is why we are not having the best brains in teacher education. If we make it a two-year programme, many students will apply and we will pick the best out of them. If the programme is attractive, you don’t need to lower cut-off marks.”
Olayinka added that the 200 cut-off mark was set in order to maintain the educational standard that has been set.