Admission of over 1m Nigerian students into tertiary institutions stalled over ASUU strike

The admission of a total of 1,050, 322 Nigerian students into tertiary institutions for the 2021/2022 academic session has been suspended due to the ongoing strike by the members of the Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU).

This information is contained in a document by the Joint Admissions and Matriculations Board at its policy meeting held in Abuja recently.

JAMB Registrar, Prof Ishaq Oloyede, explained that tertiary institutions in the country blamed the suspension of admission on the strike by ASUU.

Although polytechnics, monotechnics, colleges of education, and other higher institutions are still running, admission into these institutions was stalled due to the ASUU strike in spite of JAMB’s advice that these institutions should go ahead with their admissions, Oloyede revealed. JAMB conducts admission exams for all tertiary institutions in Nigeria.

“Some institutions confirmed suspending the process because of the ASUU strike; ASUU strike is a factor; many institutions are yet to commence 2021 admissions despite repeated appeals,” JAMB noted in the document.

A total quota of 1,464,522 was given to Nigerian universities to be split between federal, state, and private universities. Out of this figure, 425,410 was used for the 2021 academic year.

A breakdown of unused quota shows that universities and degree awarding institutions had an unused quota of 461,745 out of a quota of 774,411 representing 59.6 percent.

Colleges of education had an unused quota of 456,662 out of the 484,625 allocated to them representing 94.2 percent of non-admission, polytechnics and monotechnics had an unused quota of 110,201 out of 194,196 representing 56.7 percent of the unused quota while innovation enterprise institutions have an unused quota of 21,714 out of 22,500 representing 96.5 percent.

It was gathered that tertiary institutions that are mainly government-owned are most affected by the non-utilisation of admission quota as many private universities processed their admissions for the 2021 academic sessions.

A total of 36,947 candidates for the 2021 Unified Tertiary Matriculation Examinations processed their admissions in private institutions. For the federal universities, a total of 424,442 quotas were allocated.

However, it was observed that only 136,527 admissions were processed despite over 595,757 candidates applying to 10 federal universities alone.

State universities got a total of 232,801 admissions quota but were only able to process admissions of 139,192 before the commencement of the strike.

Out of a total of 117,411 admission quotas awarded to private universities, only 36,947 quotas were filled.

Further analysis of the data revealed that some programmes also had lots of unfilled admission quotas.

For instance, Medicine/Pharmacy, which had a total of 39,850, only admitted 33,671 before the commencement of the strike.

Social Sciences departments only admitted 53,723 applicants despite the 89,747 admissions quota given by JAMB.

Similarly, the Sciences department with 121,696 quotas only admitted a total of 70,221.

Engineering, and technology only admitted 35,051 despite a total of 58,451 quotas; Arts and Humanities also admitted 31,478 despite a quota of 47,727.

Similarly, for Law, the board noted that only 5,630 quotas were filled despite the 8,055 quotas allocated.

Giving further statistics, JAMB indicated that the strike also affected admissions for the 2020 exercise. (Franktalknow)

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