ANXIETY appears to have taken over the minds of potential tertiary education students and their parents following their endless wait for JAMB to release other batches of admission list as many universities have commenced lectures for some 100 level intakes.
Our findings revealed that the fate of candidates who sat and passed the 2017 Unified Tertiary Matriculation Examinations (UTME) is hanging in the balance. They are wondering whether to buy another JAMB form or to continue to wait for the admission list, as sales and registration end, February 3.
However, authorities of many public universities are heaping the blame for admission delay on the doorsteps of Senior Staff Association of Nigerian Universities (SSANU), Non- Academic Staff Union of Universities and Associated Institutions (NASU) and National Association of Academic Technologists (NAAT).
The strike embarked upon on December 4, 2017 by the non-teaching staff unions in the universities under the umbrella of Joint Action Committee, JAC, has since paralysed activities in many public universities.
In the interim, JAMB has given universities ultimatum to finalise all admissions on or before January 25, 2018.
To meet the deadline, many institutions have carried out admission processes, in spite of the strike. In UNILAG, a visit by Vanguard on Tuesday showed that deans and sub-deans conducted admission screening in some departments.
Expressing happiness over the commencement of lectures, Opeyemi Amusa, a 100 Level Law student said: “After several weeks of staying at home, my department eventually did the screening in the Board Room. I am happy to be in school after completing my screening.”
On his part, Mr. Sunday Josiah who brought his son for screening said that his son would have missed the screening and subsequently, his admission but for timely information by a close family friend. He said: “I thought the suspension of schools’ activities by NASU affected the screening, only to be called by a family friend that the departments have commenced the screening without NASU involvement.“
Also, in the Faculty of Arts, students were seen lining up at the office of the Sub-Dean, Creative Arts Department, undergoing their screening. Joshua Igwe, one of the candidates said, “I am here for the screening as my name came out on the merit list. I can now say I’m proudly a UNILAG student.”
Efforts to speak to the Dean of Law proved abortive, as a staff said they were not in position to speak on the development.
In his reaction, Mr. Aliu Balogun, a parent, lamented the frustration of his son who passed UTME and post-UTME without admission. He said: “Since JAMB started the 2018 university admission process, we have been complying with the step by step directives. My son, Kareem Onimisi Balogun scored 227 in UTME for Mass Communication at the University of Ilorin.
“He equally scored 68 per cent in post-UTME Computer-Based Testing, CBT screening. Up till now, we are still awaiting his name to be published among others, by JAMB. Several visits to JAMB website keep giving us the same feedback thus ‘Admission status not yet confirmed.’
”Meanwhile, I know a student from the same institution who scored 185 in UTME and 54 percent in post UTME and has secured a provisional admission at Unilorin to read the same Mass Communication that my son scored 227 in UTME and 68 percent in post UTME screening could not get. What is going on in this country?”
According to him, it became frustrating when he discovered that some fresh 100 level students at Unilorin have started receiving lectures, while his son and others were still at home.
“I am in a dilemma whether to obtain new JAMB form or to keep expecting the examination body to do the needful. We appreciate the innovation by JAMB, but they need to assure parents that their wards can be admitted when they score good grades.”
Speaking in the same vein, Faith Ugbo who wrote the 2017 UTME stated that she passed her exams and also the post-UTME screening, but has not been offered admission into the University of Lagos.
She said: ”During my UTME, I scored 237, while my aggregate score for post UTME was 59.63 percent. As I speak my name is nowhere to be found in the admissions list of the University of Lgos, my first choice. Even when I chose Education in Chemistry, a less competitive course, I was still not offered admission. What is going on, please? If the problem is coming from JAMB or the University of Lagos, I want to know.”
Meanwhile, candidates who obtained admission forms for Social Development and Administration, SDA, under Human Resource Development Centre in the Department of Sociology, Faculty of Social Sciences, said their position is uncertain as their counterparts who got admission through JAMB have already commenced lectures.
According to them, the result of the examination taken in December last year, was expected to be out two weeks after, but it is yet to be released six weeks after. A student speaking, Isaac Oghene said he felt very nervous and uncertain about the programme because he is yet to know his admission status.
“I am not happy because I have been nervous and uncertain since UNILAG has not released the results due to the ongoing strike.
Nervousness and uncertainty
“This is even compounded by the fact that Joint Admissions and Matriculation Board form is out and presently, I am in a dilemma whether to buy the form or not. What if I buy it and I pass the exam?” asked a confused Oghene.