Data released by the Joint Admission and
Matriculation Board » (JAMB) shows that 65,
954 first choice candidates will be writing the
University of Nigeria, Nsukka » ’s 2016/2017
academic session aptitude test.
That would generate about N330,000,000 million
for an institution that charges N5,000
administrative fee per individual candidate for
But the university cannot admit more than 9,000
applicants in all its programmes.
An administrative staff member at the university
said “It is an impossibility to assume that all the
candidates will be admitted.”
A breakdown of the data shows that the
department of Medicine and Surgery, for
example, which usually admits 130 to 150
students had 11,146 applications while the
Faculty of Law with an admission quota of about
200 received 6,560 applications.
Last year, JAMB had in a bid to addressing this
admission imbalance redistributed candidates
with uncompetitive scores to other universities
where they would have chances of gaining but
was severely criticized by both parents and
stakeholders for arbitrariness.
But JAMB had insisted the decision was based
on the need to supply other universities with a
number of applicants less than their capacity
with more candidates.
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