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300,000 candidates will re-apply for UTME next year – JAMB Registrar

Ojerinde said in Bwari, FCT yesterday that the country did not have enough space in all its tertiary institutions to accommodate the over 866,000 candidates,…

Ojerinde said in Bwari, FCT yesterday that the country did not have enough space in all its tertiary institutions to accommodate the over 866,000 candidates, who passed UTME this year.

He told the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) that “they cannot all be there, because we don’t have enough space in the Nigerian tertiary institutions. More than 866,000 candidates scored 180 and above.

“The whole carrying capacity of our tertiary institutions is less than 600,000.

“So we will be wasting about 300,000 candidates, who will not be able to go to tertiary institutions in spite of the fact that they scored the 180 national cut-off point.’’

The registrar said that the 180 cut-off point is just a standard entry into tertiary institutions, pointing out that any candidate that did not meet the requirements of the institutions after screening might be denied admission.

He lamented over the alarming number of candidates that would still have to contend with UTME next year, due to inadequate spaces in the tertiary institutions.

Ojerinde said UTME and UME are the same in terms of conduct and described UTME as omnibus since it was more advantageous because it covered all tertiary institutions’ examinations in the country.

NAN reports that 1,375,642 candidates registered for the 2010 UTME that was conducted on April 17, out of which 866,000 candidates scored 180 and above.


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