Several months after writing the 2016 /2017 Unified Tertiary Matriculation Examination (UTME), quite a number of candidates are yet to know their admission status – particularly those who applied to study in the nation’s public tertiary institutions.
This is coming at a time when findings show that a lot of private universities have already started offering their candidates admissions for the 2016/2017 academic session.
A handful of parents and their candidates (children), who bared their complaints to The Punch on Monday, expressed chagrin at the examination body – Joint Admissions and Matriculation Board (JAMB) – for the delay or perhaps failure to upload the final admission lists, weeks after releasing the results.
The JAMB had two weeks ago assured that the first batch of the lists would be released after its meeting with stakeholders.
A week ago (Monday), the Head of Public Relations of JAMB, Dr. Fabian Benjamin, had urged candidates not to panic as he assured that the lists would be out before the end of the week.
However, as of Monday evening (yesterday), the board had yet to upload the lists on its website to enable candidates to access the information.
A parent and Chief Executive Officer of the Best of the World, Mrs. Joy Chinwokwu said: “The delay has created suspense for the candidates that want to know about their results. It is also making them not to explore other options, such as registering for the advanced level examinations. This delay is not good for the system.
“However, I blame the whole thing on lack of communication. The initial breakdown in communication between the Federal Ministry of Education and the vice-chancellors contributed to this. The initial directive to the universities without discussing with their authorities on the admission modalities for the year caused all of these. It also points to lack of policies and that we roll out directives without thinking them through.”
Also speaking, a group, the Education Rights Campaign (ERC) has called on the Minister of Education, Mr. Adamu Adamu, to intervene in ending the sad development, which it described as an “unpalatable one.”
Speaking via its Coordinator, Mr. Hassan Taiwo, the group said the controversies that had greeted this year’s UTME had made the candidates to be unsure of their future.
He said, “The many crises that accompanied this year’s UTME are disturbing. The minister of education must realise that the confusion in this year’s UTME has created all manner of controversies. One cannot understand why many months after the examination, candidates have not known their admission status. It is an unpalatable development. The contradictions in this year’s UTME portray a grave risk for the education sector. The minister should not remain silent on this issue. Nigerians expect him to help to address the issue urgently.”
A candidate, Gloria Onah, also decried the development, saying that the delay had altered her programme.
Onah, who applied to study Law at the Enugu State University of Technology, said, “As it is now, I cannot take any major academic decision. For months now, I have been battling to know the academic path to follow and just a few months to the end of the year, I am still unsure of my admission status this year. It is high time that JAMB concluded the process so that we can know our fate.”
Meanwhile, those institutions that have already offered candidates admissions are the Covenant University, Ota, Ogun State, and the Babcock University, Ilishan-Remo, also in Ogun State, among others.
Also, some public universities, such as the University of Benin, Edo State, will resume the 2016/17 academic session without their 100 level students.
A statement from the university, signed by its Registrar, Mrs. O Oshodin, urged all old students to return to the campus for the new session on September 22.
The statement added that lectures would commence on September 26.