Reports from the National Universities Commission (NUC) revealed that only 400,000 out of the 1.5 million candidates that write the Unified Tertiary Matriculation Examination (UTME) every year gain admission into Nigerian Universities.
This revelation came from the NUC Executive Secretary, Prof. Julius Okojie. According to him:
“Out of the 1.5 million students who write UTME every year, we are barely able to make provision for only about 400,000 students”
Capacity of institutions refer to the maximum number of students that an institution can absorb and sustain for quality education available based on human and material resources. However, over-enrollment is a common practice. Most institutions do not abide by their carrying capacity for reasons best known to them.
For instance, in 2011/2012, University of Lagos (UNILAG)’s admission quota was 6,500 but admitted 7,572; Ahmadu Bello University (ABU) was given 6,688 but admitted 7,397, just as University of Nigeria, Nsukka (UNN) was given 5,970 but admitted 8,267.
University of Ilorin (UNILORIN) in the same year was supposed to admit 5,514 but ended up admitting 7,098 while University of Maiduguri (UNIMAID) which was given 5,600, admitted 5,699. Also Federal University of Agriculture, Makurdi which ought to admit just 2,133 ended up admitting 3,350 students.
On the flip side, private universities have not been able to fill the quota alloted to them by the Joint Admission and Matriculations Board (JAMB). Specifically, private universities admitted 19,254 candidates as against 67,009 alloted quota in 2013. The reason for this under-enrollment is not unconnected with the exhorbitant nature of the tuition fees of private universities.
In a nutshell, the admission capacity of all universities in Nigeria is approximately 400,000.
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