Wednesday, August 15, 2012

Admission matters: NUC, JAMB to monitor state universities

As Admission for the new academic year draws near reports reaching us states that admission seekers lecturers are panicking as the National Universities Commission
(NUC) and the Joint Admission and
Matriculation Board (JAMB) have concluded plans  to embark on a
monitoring visit to state-owned universities to
ensure compliance with admission regulations.

Prof. Julius Okojie, the Executive Secretary of
the commission, who announced this on
Wednesday at a meeting of stakeholders in
Abuja, said that all was set to carry out the
visit.

“The visit is to assess the level of compliance
with NUC’s approved admission quota and
qualification of new entrants into the
universities, among other tasks,’’ he said.

Okojie said the two organisations had distinct
roles in the running of the Nigerian University
system.

He said the visit would address the issue of
enrolment, which had led to overstretching of
facilities, adding that the NUC had introduced
an admission quota appropriate for each
university based on its carrying capacity.

“In spite of the guidelines, many universities
still exceed the approved quota, thereby
impeding the delivery of quality education in
the Nigeria University system.’’

The executive secretary also noted that some
candidates were admitted without meeting the
requirements, while some state universities
violate the operational guidelines and
procedures on the system.

He said the NUC and JAMB had a very rigorous
task to perform and would not relent in their
efforts at stemming anomalies in the system.

Okojie, therefore, urged the officials to
exhibit a high sense of responsibility in the
course of the assignment.

Mrs Hansatu Abechi, the Acting Director,
Inspection and Monitoring in NUC, said one of
the objectives of the visit was to ascertain that
all students were admitted through JAMB.

“The visit is also to determine the number of
students admitted and how many matriculated
as well as determine other channels, like from
foundation, preliminary and remedial, for
admitting students.

“We are expected to develop a data base on
new entrants into the universities by session
and also assess the standard of facilities in the
universities,’’ she added.

Abechi said that a data capturing instrument
designed by her department, which would be
used for the exercise, had already been
dispatched to the affected universities. (NAN)

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