Stop Admission of Underaged – JAMB Warns Universities


Prof. Ishaq Oloyede, Registrar of JAMB, issued a warning to tertiary institutions, particularly universities, to cease admitting underaged students, which he described as illegal. He emphasized this during the opening of the seventh biennial conference of the Committee of Pro-Chancellors of State-Owned Universities in Lagos, stressing the need to halt such admissions immediately.

The conference focused on the theme “Effective University Governance: Role of Stakeholders.” Prof. Ishaq Oloyede emphasized the need to stop irregular admissions for accountability, data protection, and national integrity. He cited an incident where a 15-year-old student from Nigeria applied for a postgraduate course abroad, prompting questions about the legality of such admissions in Nigeria. Oloyede highlighted the responsibility of state-owned universities, which outnumber federal universities, to address these issues effectively.

The complexities and issues facing the Nigerian university system education and university management:

Illegal Admission of Diploma Students: Concerns were raised about the illegal admission of diploma students, with 9,000 admitted the previous year. Of particular alarm was the fact that 3,000 of these students came from a specific university.

Accountability in Education: Professor Oloyede emphasized the need for accountability among all stakeholders in education to prevent practices that could harm the education system.

Effects of Strikes: He pointed out the disruptive effects of frequent strikes by ASUU (Academic Staff Union of Universities) and other labor unions. These strikes destabilize universities, negatively impacting stability, quality of education, and academic standards.

Impact of Illegal Acts: Lidani emphasized that illegal activities within universities create significant administrative gaps, leading to various anomalies in the institution’s management

    Improving Institutional Competence: Professor Ibrahim Gambari urged pro-chancellors to develop action plans to enhance their institutions’ competitiveness and attractiveness, akin to federal and private universities. This includes retaining top faculty and staff and attracting high-quality students.

    Specialization in State Universities: State-owned universities were encouraged to identify and capitalize on specific niches that leverage their comparative advantages to improve their standing.

    While acknowledging the conference’s limitations in solving these issues outright, Lidani believed it could raise public awareness about the threats to governance, standards, and educational quality in universities. He expressed confidence that the conference could provide guidance and recommendations for stakeholders to contribute effectively to improving education standards in Nigeria.

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