UTME Admission Screening: Good WASSCE Result Is key – Varsities
THE hope of many students seeking admission into Nigerian universities may be dashed if the admission screening in 2017 is based on students’ WASSCE results and Unified Tertiary Matriculation Examination (UTME) scores.
Recall that in 2016, the Minister of Education, Mallam Adamu Adamu, abolished post-UTME as a means of admitting candidates into tertiary institutions.
Meanwhile, in 2017, over one million, eight hundred thousand (1,800,000) students sat for UTME, for a total of 800,000 admission spaces in tertiary institutions. Going by the huge number of candidates and limited admission spaces, various institutions have since 2016, resolved to admit students by screening and awarding marks to their WASSCE results and JAMB scores.
Hence, A1 is awarded 8%, B2-7%, B3-6%, C4-5%, C5-4% and C6-3%. Total marks for anyone with five A1s is 40 per cent. What this means is that if a candidate has five ‘A1s’, he has gotten a maximum 40 per cent. A student with five B2s, would score 35 per cent, five B3s, 30 per cent, five C4s, gets 25 per cent, five C5s, 20 per cent and five C6s would score just 15 per cent.
Apparently, a student who has five A1s in WASSCE and also scored 230 and above in UTME, is certrain to be admitted because he has 40 per cent in WASSCE and 60 per cent in UTME.
The initiators of this innovation believe it will propel students to aim high so as to obtain A1 in five subjects. Also, the issue of paying for post-UTME and travelling long distances for the examination would be a thing of the past.
Unfortunately, many times, students with C5 and C6 in their WASSCE results may prove to be better academically than those with A1 because they read and wrote the examination themselves, hence the results represent true reflections of their academic abilities. It has also been noticed that many students with A1s in their WASSCE cannot defend such results because the exams were probably written for them.
Admission for highest bidder
Reacting to the scrapping of Post-UTME and using WASSCE result as yardstick for admission, Olamide Azeez, a 100-Level student of Yabatech said post-UTME gives institutions the privilege of knowing the type of students they want to admit. He added that post-UTME helped students to prepare more academically before they enter the university.
Also reacting, Miss Damilola Adeleke, a final year student of Biology, Yabatech said: “The scrapping of post-UTME does not favour everybody. Post-UTME helped students to boost their chances of securing admission into universities.”
Adeyinka Adebayo, an undergraduate at Laspotech said he supports post-UTME, adding that there will be high rate of unadmitted students without post-UTME.
“If care is not taken, the situation will lead to admission backlog, because many students will keep doing JAMB every year without hope of getting admission.”