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Africa: NUC and JAMB to monitor admission process of state universities

Joint Admission and Matriculation BoardThe National Universities Commission (NUC) and the Joint Admission and Matriculation Board (JAMB) have decided to embark on a monitoring visit to state-owned universities to ensure compliance with admission regulations.

The Executive Secretary of the commission, Prof. Julius Okojie, who disclosed this at a meeting of stakeholders in Abuja, said the monitoring would begin soon.

The visit, he explained is to “assess the level of compliance with NUC’s approved admission quota and qualification of new entrants into the universities, among other tasks”, adding that the visit would address the issue of enrolment, which had led to overstretching of facilities.

According to him “in spite of the guidelines, many universities still exceed the approved quota, thereby impeding the delivery of quality education in the Nigeria university system.” He also alleged that some students were admitted without meeting the requirements, while some state universities violate the operational guidelines and procedures on the system.

He however noted that the NUC and JAMB have a very rigorous task to perform and would not relent in their efforts at stemming anomalies in the system, as he urged the officials to exhibit a high sense of responsibility in the course of the assignment. Prof Okojie also stated that the university commission has introduced an admission quota appropriate for each university based on its carrying capacity.

The Acting Director, Inspection and Monitoring in NUC, Mrs. Hansatu Abechi, 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” she said.

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