Nigerian universities suspend enrollment of 461,745 students

Due to the suspension of admissions at Nigerian universities, PUNCH reports that the universities were unable to process a total of 461,745 admissions.

However, in the statistics presented, the Joint Admissions and Matriculation Board (JAMB) blamed the development on a strike by academic staff representatives at the university.

“Some institutions confirmed suspending the process because of the ASUU strike; ASUU strike is a factor; many institutions are yet to commence 2021 admissions.

A total of 36,947 2021 Unified Tertiary Matriculation Examination candidates were enrolled at private institutions.pite repeated appeals,” JAMB noted in the document.

Strike action by university unions such as ASUU, Nigerian University Senior Staff Association. The Association of Non-Academic College Staff and other related bodies continue to paralyze academic activity at federal and state universities.

JAMB further explained that a total of 774,411 admission slots have been awarded to Nigerian universities, divided among federal, state and private universities. A total of 424,442 quotas were allocated to federal universities.

However, it was observed that only 136,527 admissions were processed, even though more than 595,757 applicants applied at the 10 federal universities alone. 4,444 state colleges received a total of 232,801 admission quotas, but they could only handle 139,192 admissions before the strike began.

Similarly, JAMB acknowledged that a total of 117,411 admission quotas were given to private universities, but the board noted that only 36,947 quotas were met.

Further analysis of the data revealed a high number of underfilled enrollments in some courses.

For example, the pharmacy/medicine, which totaled 39,850, were only accepting 33,671 before the strike began. The 4,444 social science departments accepted only 53,723 applicants, despite an admission rate of 89,747 specified by JAMB.

Similarly, the Faculty of Science only admitted a total of 70,221 with a quota of 121,696. In engineering science he was only allowed and in technology has only 35,051, but in total he had 58,451 quotas. Arts and Humanities also gave him 31,478 despite a quota of 47,727

Similarly, the board found that in Law, only 5,630 quotas had been met, despite an allotted quota of 8,055.

JAMB provided additional stats, noting that the strike also affected his admission to the 2020 exercises.

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