Friday, July 22, 2011

Jamb Applicants still prefer federal universities – JAMB

Examination Board on Thursday, said candidates seeking admission to the nation’s ivory towers still prefer
federal government universities to private and state-owned ones.

For instance, the board said five federal universities cumulatively received over one quarter of the 1,493,604 applicants who sought admission to the nation’s universities in 2011.

In a document released on Thursday, the board said the University of Lagos topped the list of most preferred first choice institutions with 99,195 applicants, while Ahmadu Bello University, Zaria, followed closely with 89,760 applicants.

The University of Nigeria, Nsukka, it added, placed third with 88,177 applicants, followed by Nnamdi Azikiwe University with 84,719 applicants and the University of Benin with 80,976 applicants.

The board had last June conducted this year’s Unified Tertiary Matriculation Examination.

According to JAMB, the figure represents the most preferred first choices among applicants.

Ironically, the quota allocated to each of the five universities, our correspondent learnt, was very different from the figure of applicants.

Each of them was allocated a number believed to be consistent with their carrying capacities for the 2009/2010 session.

UNILAG, which had 99,195, the document further revealed had a quota of 6,106 candidates, while ABU with 89,769 was allotted 6,063. The UNN with 88,177 was allotted 5,970, just as UNIBEN, which had 80,976 applicants got only 6,100 spaces. The University of Ibadan with 48,281 had 5,720 admission spaces.

The statistics also showed that apart from federal universities, which still occupied a prime place as the most preferred choice, state universities came second, while privately owned institutions came third.

Meanwhile, the document showed that some tertiary institutions attracted very low interest from admission seekers in 2011. The institutions are Yewa Central College of Education (1), Uptownville Oil and Gas Institute (1), Lagos City Polytechnic (2), Shehu Shagari College of Education (5), Aminu Kano Teaching Hospital(7) and Polytechnic of Sokoto (12).

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