THE Joint Admissions and Matriculation Board (JAMB) has revealed that many ofthe candidates seeking admission to universities this year would not be admitted.
A release made available to the Nigerian Tribune and signed by the Public Relations Officer, Mr Timothy Oyedeji, said because of the carrying capacity of universities, coupled with the rush for university education by candidates, who mostly did not like to have higher education in other institutions like polytechnics, monotechnics and colleges of education, “vast majority of candidates who applied to be admitted to universities will not be admitted.”
The release further said the reason for this low admission rate would “not be because they have not scored high grades, nor for their failure in the post-United Tertiary Matriculation Examinations (UTME), but wholly because of quota constraints.”
It said out of the 368 tertiary institutions in Nigeria, five, with the University of Lagos in the lead, were chosen by 406,389 candidates as their most preferred institutions, out of the total 1,493,604 that sat for the 2011 UTME.
Other most preferred universities were listed as Ahmadu Bello University, Zaria; University of Nigeria, Nsukka; University of Benin and Nnamdi Azikiwe University.