PUNCH reports that Nigerian universities have failed to process a total of 461,745 admissions due to the suspension of admissions in Nigerian universities.
The Joint Admissions and Matriculations Board in the statistics provided, however, blamed the strike by the Academic Staff Union of Universities for the development.
“Some institutions confirmed suspending the process because of the ASUU strike; ASUU strike is a factor; many institutions are yet to commence 2021 admissions despite repeated appeals,” JAMB noted in the document.
A total of 36,947 candidates of the 2021 Unified Tertiary Matriculation Examinations processed their admissions in private institutions.
Strike actions by university-based unions such as ASUU, Senior Staff Association of Nigerian Universities; Non-Academic Staff Union of Universities and other allied institutions have continued to cripple academic activities in federal and state universities.
For instance, under the administration of former President Olusegun Obasanjo, ASUU embarked on strike in 1999 for a period of 150 days; 90 days in 2001; 14 days in 2002; 180 days in 2003; 14 days in 2005; three days in 2006 and 90 days in 2007.
Under the administration of late Umaru Yarad’ua, the union went on strike in 2008 for seven days; 120 days in 2009.
Explaining further, JAMB noted that a total of 774,411 admission quotas were given to Nigerian universities to be split between federal, state and private universities.
For the federal universities, a total of 424,442 quotas were allocated.
However, it was observed that only 136,527 admissions were processed despite over 595,757 candidates applying to 10 federal universities alone.
State universities got a total of 232,801 admissions quota but were only able to process admissions of 139,192 before the commencement of the strike.
Similarly, JAMB admitted that a total of 117,411 admission quotas were awarded to private universities but the board noted that only 36,947 quotas were filled.
Further analysis of the data revealed that some programmes also had lots of unfilled admission quotas.
For instance, Medicine/Pharmacy, which had a total of 39,850, only admitted 33,671 before commencement of the strike.
Social Sciences departments only admitted 53,723 applicants despite the 89,747 admissions quota given by JAMB.
Similarly, Sciences department with 121,696 quotas only admitted a total of 70,221.
Engineering, technology only admitted 35,051 despite a total of 58,451 quotas; Arts and Humanities also admitted 31,478 despite a quota of 47,727.
Similarly, for Law, the board noted that only 5,630 quotas were filled despite the 8,055 quotas allocated.
Giving further statistics, JAMB indicated that the strike also affected admissions for the 2020 exercise.