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Why admission to private varsities is low, by VC


National Universities CommissionPoverty and Federal Government’s “stringent” policy on admission have been blamed for the inability of large number of prospective students to gain admission to tertiary institutions in the country.

Every year, the Join Admission and Matriculation Board [JAMB] conducts examination for candidates seeking admission into higher schools but not many of them secure admission for the desired course of study.

The Vice Chancellor of Joseph Ayo Babalola University [JABU], Ikeji in Osun State, Prof. Sola Fajana, said private universities are out to bridge the gap for admission seekers, but lamented that the high level of poverty and government policy have negated the initiative.

He noted that many parents would have preferred to send their children and wards to private tertiary institutions but they are financially handicapped, hence they prefer to turn to public universities where lower fees are charged.
He noted that JABU has capacity to admit about 5,000 students in view of the manpower and infrastructure in place, but inability by many parents to sponsor their children to private university hinders achievement of the capacity.

The vice chancellor, who spoke yesterday at a news conference on the sixth convocation ceremony of the university holding on Friday, December 4, said the institution has a comparative advantage over others due to the standing policy of the school management that all students must learn a skill, in addition to their degree certificate.

According to Fajana, 20 graduates of the university who earned firs class degrees last year were employed as graduate assistants to enable them further their education. He said all the courses being offered in the university have been accredited by the National Universities Commission {NUC}.

He added that the university has recorded successes in the areas of research and teaching while it plans to commence its Ph. D programmes next year.

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