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No Plans to Increase 104 Unity Colleges, FG Insists

Posted: Jun 14, 2015 at 1:15 am   /   by   /   comments (0)

By Innocent Oweh Abuja

Federal Government has ruled out the possibility of creating additional Unity Colleges in the country, to cater for the alarming number of candidates seeking admission into such colleges.

Permanent Secretary,Federal Ministry of Education,MacJohn Nwaobiala said this in Abuja on Saturday,while monitoring the conduct of the last phase of the common entrance examination into the unity colleges,where he noted that government was not in a good stead to provide teaching personnel for such additional colleges.

He however said only 24,000 candidates out of about 36,000 candidates that scaled the preliminary test would be guaranteed admission in the next academic session.

It would be recalled that at the first stage of the examination over 86,000 candidates applied nationwide but the results that emerged from that preliminary stage pruned the figures to just 36,000 which sat for the last phase yesterday.

Meanwhile, Garuba Abdulrasheed, Registrar and Chief Executive Officer of NECO said parents need to understand that states of origin,ethnicity and other factors varies the system of admission into the few available unity colleges

Abdulrasheed who was represented by Mustapha Abdul, a NECO Director in charge of FCT office, explained that candidates from educationally disadvantaged states could more likely gain admission into Unity colleges while states known for high academic pedigree could get lower prospects in terms of admission.

His words, “There is a clear cut criteria that parents need to know, because these are unity colleges and because they are unity colleges you must take along all the strata of the community, I mean every facet of the Nigeria community.

“Every part of Nigeria must be adequately represented in these schools and that criteria is what is causing that kind of variance from parents, who may see that, I am in a state and my child scored high but he is not admitted.

“But another child from another state that is disadvantaged is scoring low and he is admitted. It is so because the cut off point for such state is usually lower because the way the cut off points are determined is that when you enter every state, you rank the children and then, the total number of candidates to be admitted in that state will now be from number one to that total number, the last number from the total number forms the cut off from that state and that is what varies the cut off marks in all the states.

“That is what I think the public needs to understand, that its not actually the school alone that determines whether the child qualifies or not”.