By Adejumo Kabir
Following the minimum cut off marks for admissions into universities in Nigeria set for 120, polytechnics and colleges of education set for 100 announced by Joint Admission Matriculation Board (JAMB) Registrar, Professor Ishaq Oloyede. The students and staffs of Obafemi Awolowo University, Ile-Ife have described the cut off as unreasonable and least expected from JAMB
A senior admission officer in OAU who spoke to our reporter under the condition of anonymity to condemned the decision of JAMB. He told our reporter that the institution has set a standard for itself not to ever admit any candidate with less than 200 marks in the Unified Tertiary Matriculation Examination.
He said “Jamb is joking and the bench mark they set holds no water on OAU campus. The university admits students base on merit. I personally discredit the decision of JAMB and OAU will never bring her glory down by admitting students who find it difficult to meet up with standard.”
“Education has been raped in Nigeria, the POST UTME screening we didn’t conduct last year affected the institution. After the part one students test results, we realized that many of them find it difficult to cope with the university system. Even those who scored 200 plus. Truly, university is for universal knowledge, but we cannot disconnect and must not disconnect academy knowledge which is the primary”, he said.
Also, Adeogun Sunday, a 400 level student of department English, who spoke with our reporter in a brief interview said the university is known for her standard and will never settle for the less.
“I scored 270 during in my UTME days, scored 250 in post UTME but now my GP is ‘dancing’ because department of English already drained me and makes me look like just an average student on the streets. What will be the situation of the coming generation if they are admitted with 120.”
Meanwhile, some other students in the institution are of the opinion that since OAU will never settle for less, it is an avenue for the university management to admit fewer students considering the poor state of the university facilities.
Kikelomo Hassan, a 200 level student of department of Industrial Chemistry said OAU will be better if the management stick to 200.
“Since JAMB said many students didn’t pass well, the few that pass should come to OAU base on merit. It will even help reduce the overcrowded system we run here. I am of the opinion that admission of less students that passed will make hostels and learning environment more conducive”
However, it would be recalled that the Minister of Education, Professor Adamu Adamu, said that FG made mistake to have stopped post UTME last year when he was announcing a lift of the ban on Post UTME as prerequisite for admission into tertiary institutions.