VC expresses worries over limited admission space in varsities
The Vice-Chancellor, University of Ibadan, Ibadan, Oyo State, Prof. Olufemi Bamiro, has expressed worries over lack of space in universities.
He said only 3,200 candidates were admitted out of the 50,000 candidates that applied for admission to the institution.
The VC, who lamented this trend, also advised Nigerian undergraduates to shun anti-social vices, saying doing otherwise would ruin their future.
Bamiro, who spoke during the orientation programme organised for fresh students of the institution, admonished them against certain tendencies such as robbery, prostitution and cultism.
He said that anti-social vices had ruined many promising youths who would have been very useful to themselves and to the society.
Urging the new students to count themselves lucky by gaining admission to UI on merit, Bamiro disclosed that over 50,000 candidates applied for admission into the university out of which only 3,200 were admitted.
He told the students, “Not that the remaining candidates were not qualified as you are, but because the university does not have capacity to admit every qualified candidate, therefore, you must count yourself lucky and maximise the opportunity you have.”
He described the screening method adopted by the institution as a “far more reliable measure than subjecting the candidates to another round of test.”
He explained that the university relied on candidates’ performances at both the school certificate examination and the Joint Admissions and Matriculation Board results.
“In the past, we have had to send away about 10 per cent of admitted students for poor academic performance after their first year, I hope you will not take things for granted because the University of Ibadan does not compromise academic excellence.
“We are here for a thorough enterprise as there is no room for mediocrity,” Bamiro said.