Every year, thousands of people apply for Jamb, and the number of available seats is restricted. However, the major issue lies with the applicants, who may be doing so inadvertently. Prospective applicants who have completed their senior school certificate exams, as well as the combined tertiary and matriculation examination, may be perplexed as to why they are not accepted despite having high marks and Jamb scores.
Reasons why students fail to get admission each year
Every year, students lose out on admission for a variety of reasons. Many individuals believe that university administration is not fair and transparent in their admission processes, however each school has its unique entrance regulations and criteria. So, here are some pointers and criteria for getting into any Nigerian college.
To begin, certain institutions place a high value on the combination of O level results. Candidates seeking admission to postsecondary institutions will utilize their WAEC, NECO, or a combination of the two. However, several colleges have expressed reservations about accepting a combination of NECO and WAEC scores. Here’s the deal: certain colleges, such as the University of Lagos, only accept one O-level score from applicants.
So, if you choose this institution for admission, you should only utilize one O-level score. Also, while applying for admission, the incorrect O-level subject combination should be considered. The wrong O-level subject combination has also been recognized as a factor for many students being refused admission. If you wish to study Biochemistry at university, for example, you must have at least five (5) credits in your O-level results. These credits must contain English, mathematics, chemistry, and biology.
Some schools require physics as the fifth course, while others accept any other scientific topic as the fifth subject. All you need to know is the O-level subject combination of your preferred college. Many people also overlook the fact that age is an important factor in gaining admission to any Nigerian institution.
The official entry age for Nigerian institutions is 16. An applicant must be 16 years old by the 31st of October in the year of admission to be accepted. Many parents are also at fault for this since they tend to overburden their children’s education, leaving them too tiny to deal with school fluctuations. As a result, all applicants should take notice and ensure that they are of legal age before applying.
There are also concerns with fake claims of origin. In IMO-level state colleges where Indigenes get a stipend and subsidized tuition, falsifying one’s place of origin is always a concern. Yes, applicants or the majority of candidates attempt to fake their state of origin to get a bursary from the school administration. This is taken seriously by tertiary institutions such as Lagos State University.
The cut-off mark is also one of the factors used to decide whether or not applicants are accepted to the institution. The joint entrance and matriculation board recently reduced the cut-off level for universities to 140, while polytechnics and colleges of education were set at 120 and 100, respectively. Candidates are advised to keep these points in mind while applying for admission.
Second, prospects are eager to enroll in the university’s most popular courses.
Meanwhile, the majority of them lack the mental capacity to deal in such sectors, resulting in inevitable failure based on their jamb results. Choosing a less competitive subject initially will provide a seamless and simple transition into the school. Then, if you believe you are up to the task, you may change to what you desire.
Furthermore, many individuals believe that the only profitable degrees offered in Nigerian colleges are professional ones, not realizing that the working class is more concerned with your grade than with what you studied. They place a high value on what you have upstairs rather than what you have learned. You are a large fish if you are clever enough for their job. That is why there are so many failed physicians and attorneys in the world. Because the number of persons enrolling in such courses is excessive, many of them are out of work.
Candidates are encouraged to explore other courses offered by the university and give it their all. Students also face the problem of constantly applying to the most competitive schools, even though there are so many wonderful institutions that require students to fill their spots. Applying to a less competitive university does not make you less than a student at a competitive institution.
They all instill knowledge in the pupils, and corporations are not interested in the institutions you attended, but rather in what you can provide. Now that you understand that education is school and that the aftermath of schooling that is functioning isn’t after your school but after you, why don’t you simply choose a less competitive institution for easy admission? Furthermore, if you want to pursue a competitive course, apply to a less competitive university, and if you want to pursue a competitive course, apply to a less competitive institution.
Candidates should avoid choosing a competitive course at a competitive university to have an easier admission procedure.
Furthermore, enrolling in A-level programs is another option to get easy entry into Nigerian universities. Most institutions provide A-level programs such as IJMB, JUPEB, and others. When you apply for any of these programs, you may earn admission to the 200-level. Most students apply for these programs when it has been difficult for them to acquire admission to the university, either because of poor jamb results or because they have been refused entrance to their desired college.
Schools will enable their portals so that students in this group may continue to access their programs. Furthermore, some applicants believe they are too old to begin at the 100 level. For easy admittance, such a candidate should run any of the aforementioned programs.
In addition, after these programs, there is a final test that requires students to pass a certain cut-off for various departments. You are aware that various departments have varying cut-off scores; they are urged not to play games with the test to be full students of the institution. Furthermore, there is a part-time program offered by various Nigerian colleges. This group contains the majority of working-class applicants who need a degree. They apply to school while working to earn money; this program is simple since individuals are not invested in it.
There are also some non-working class students enrolled in part-time programs. It could be because they are enrolled in two universities at the same time, resulting in two degrees at the end of the day. As a result, candidates are encouraged to investigate the programs offered by their preferred institutions to gain easy access to the university.
Furthermore, candidates can be extremely careless when it comes to the portal of their preferred school. Many schools or institutions enjoy updating their portals and providing information about current events at the school, particularly the admissions process. However, most candidates seeking admission do not frequently check the portal to see what’s going on.
Additionally, candidates should try to find a group or two to join while applying for admission to avoid errors that can result in automatic disqualification. For example, a candidate chose medicine and surgery before taking the jamb and discovered that his score was below the school’s cut-off mark.
He then proceeded to change his course to anatomy only on the school portal, without changing it on the Jamb Portal. Because Jamb refused to admit him, he was automatically disqualified. However, if he had friends or colleagues to talk to, he would not have made such a mistake.
It is critical to stay current with the school. Admission will be made easier as a result of this. So, please follow up on any changes you make to your portal and ensure you get the desired result; if not, inform others or report to any cafe to re-do it.
Furthermore, some students choose a school without first determining whether their state of origin falls within the catchment area of the institution of their choice. Most institutions, such as UNILORIN, take catchment areas very seriously. They prioritize candidates from these areas over candidates from other areas. When students from Taraba, Sokoto, or Rivers are denied admission, they accuse the university of cheating. No, you have not been denied admission. Because you refused to learn about your prospective school before enrolling.
Most students from other states who are not in the catchment areas are denied admission, especially when the maximum number of students that year has been reached. They simply shut down the portal until next year. Institutions also administer post-jamb exams.
I was surprised to learn that some students are unaware that their preferred institution will be holding post-jamb exams. Misconduct during such exams may also result in expulsion from the school. Unilag conducted her post-jamb virtually last session and had a large number of students disqualified because they did not adhere to the institutions’ guidelines before beginning the examination. It is critical to stay up to date to gain direct or easy access to any institution in Nigeria.