No fewer than one million candidates who applied for admissions into the universities with awaiting results may be denied admissions as many of the institutions have fixed dates to commence screening of prospective applicants for the 2016/2017 academic session.
Saturday Sun investigations
revealed that over one million
candidates currently in secondary
schools that wrote the 2017
Universities Matriculation Tertiary
Examination (UTME) did so as awaiting result candidates, which
has been the practice.
In the May/June2017 West African
Senior School Certificate Examina
tion (WASSCE), 1,552,772 million
candidates registered for the school exam while over 1,200,000 million candidates also registered for the Senior School Certificate Examination (SSCE) conducted by
the National Examinations Council
The West African Examinations Council (WAEC) is currently marking the answer scripts of candidates that wrote the May/ June 2017 WASSCE and would release the results in August while the SSCE conducted by NECO is on going nationwide and would be concluded July ending.
Some of the universities have placed adverts inviting prospective candidates for the screening exercise for the 2016/2017 academic session starting this
month even as WAEC is yet to release the May/June 2017 WASSCE
result, while other candidates are
currently writing the SSCE (NECO),
which would be released either in
September or October.
In some of the advertisements for
the screening text, the universities
stated that applicants for admissions are to come with original UTME result, WAEC or NECO
result, birth certificates, scratch card, local government area and state of origin certificates, testimonial of schools attended, police and medical reports.
The implication is that many of the
prospective candidates seeking
admission with awaiting results
may miss the opportunity unless
the Federal Government wades
into the issue. The fear of parents and schools is that some of the
institutions would have concluded
the screening exercise before
WAEC and NECO release the results.
The Federal University of Petroleum
Resources Effurun (FUPRE) in its ad
vert inviting applicants’ admission
“Only candidates who have five credits at one or two sittings (including English Language and Mathematics) are eligible to apply. Candidates awaiting results may, however, be considered for the 2016/2017 admissions exercise.’’
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