UNILAG ADMISSION 2010/2011 RUN INTO TROUBLED WATERS
The ongoing admission exercise for the 2010/2011 academic session at the University of Lagos has run into troubled waters as some candidates and their parents have faulted the selection process. Following the release of the results, many candidates and their parents besieged the university after several efforts to check their Post Unified Tertiary Matriculation Examination (Post- UTME) online indicated no result.
Tension was further heightened when the university three weeks ago came out with the merit list and when some candidates went through the list and did not find their names, they raised alarm and rushed to the institution for explanation.
Worried by the alleged omission of their wards’ names, in spite of their high marks in both the UTME and post-UTME, some of the candidates visited The Sun Newspapers office in Lagos to lodge their complaint. They expressed worries that some of their colleagues with lower marks were offered admission on the merit list.
The candidates produced their UTME scores and even the post UTME marks to back up their claim that their names were tactically omitted on the list. Others complained that they had no results after checking online several times.
With over 44, 000 candidates who applied to read various courses in UNILAG, expectations were high for both the candidates and their parents to secure admission into the institution, which prides itself as ‘the University of First Choice’.
One of such disappointed candidates with JAMB registration no 05769771EB who stormed our office had applied to read Survey/ Geoinformatics, scored 277 in Unified Tertiary Matriculation Examination (UTME) but had checked his post- UTME 20 times online without success and has also written a letter to UNILAG since two weeks without any response.
According to the worried candidate, “Soon after the post UTME results were released, I checked for my result over 20 times since three weeks ago and it continues to read no result. I have written a letter of complaint to the first floor, Senate Building. I feel disappointed with the system. Some candidates I saw that had less UTME scores were offered admission.
“I was there at the Senate Building (August 13) and the staff said the result will be released today (August 13) and I have checked about an hour ago, no result was published. Many candidates have the same problem. I have been restless since I checked my UNILAG post UTME result. This is my fourth time I will write JAMB”, he lamented.
Another candidate that scored 267 and applied for Pharmacy said she sat for the post UTME on July 12 with registration number 05692065HB and had checked the result online without success. She disclosed that her complaint letter dated August 12 was not collected by the staff of the university at the Senate Building, thus jeopardizing her admission chances.
The letter which was addressed to the Registrar, urged him to assist in the release of his post- UTME to enable her continue with the process for her admission.
Onigbinde Adeola (not real name) is on the verge of losing his admission in UNILAG. Having scored above 200 in the Unified Tertiary Matriculation Examination and exceeded 50 aggregate in the post-UTME, he had high hopes of being short-listed for admission on the merit list. But that was not to be.
A rather disappointed Adeola, who looked bemused as he spoke with Daily Sun said he registered for Industrial Mathematics as his first choice, which he claimed to have seen in the brochure, but discovered to his chagrin that it wasn’t among programmes on the list released recently by the university. Curiously, when he sought explanations from the admission office of the university, he was summarily dismissed by one of the staff who retorted irritably, “Which one is Industrial Mathematics?”
Adeola, while speaking to our reporter stood his ground that that the course was actually enlisted among the programmes offered by the university in the brochure and wondered how such misguidance could arise without soothing explanations.
He brandished a letter he addressed to the Vice-Chancellor of the University, Professor Adetokunbo Sofoluwe, where he pleaded with the management to rectify the mistake or placate him with the offer of Mathematics if that of Industrial Mathematics fails.
Adeola is one of the many students that are battling to secure admission in the university. There is an increasing rush for admission as the university has scheduled registration to hold from Monday, October 11 to Friday, 29. When Daily Sun visited the campus on Thursday, dozens of anxious students crammed the doorway of the admission office struggling to get explanation to their complaints. Some of the students who spoke with our reporter reeled our surfeit of grievances that they were excluded from the merit list in spite of their Post-UTME score.
While most of those seeking admission remained taciturn for fear of victimization, a few which spoke with our reporter pleaded anonymity. One of the candidates from Delta State, who registered English as his course of study, said he scored 67 aggregate and his name was not on the merit list. He lamented that his colleague, from Osun State who wrote the same test, and had 62 made the list.
Further investigation by our reporters revealed that 3,539 students were offered admission on the merit list. Also, candidates form the six South West states: Ekiti, Lagos, Ogun, Osun and Oyo have catchment benefit. In the cut-off points released by the university, English Department pegged the merit score at 68, but candidates from Oyo and Osun, with 62 aggregates were inluded in the admission list. Also, those from Lagos and Ogun with 64 aggregates were considered while the bar went even lower for candidates from Ekiti who had 61.
In the Faculty of Law, that has 214 candidates, presumed to be the highest among other departments, the merit score was placed at 72 out of the total score of 80. But candidates from Lagos with 69 aggregate, special considerations were given to candidates from Oyo and Osun who had 66 and 67 respectively. Similarly, candidates from Ondo and Ogun States with 70 aggregates were also considered.
Even in Medicine (Dentistry) where the cut-off point was placed at 58, candidates from Oyo with scores as low as 46 would be considered first before a student from Anambra State, that scored 56.
In the Faculty of Education, aside measuring up with the cut-off point, candidates must also meet the basic entry requirements for their courses. Candidates wouldn’t be considered for admission if they wrote the wrong subject combination during UTME and Post-UTME. In Education Administration, the UTME subjects include any three of Literature, History, French, Geography, Economics, Mathematics and Government. The O’level entry requirement listed out by the department includes: English, Mathematics, Economics and either two of Literature, History, Government and Geography.
Many parents, who spoke with our reporter, expressed worries over the difficulties of the admission process and called on the federal government to scrap the post-UTME test.
One of such parents, Iya Demola, was fuming at the waiting room of the Admission Office of UNILAG as she spoke. “Look at the crowd here. We come here everyday to hear the same story. They said others would be included on the second list but why are they delaying the list. Submission for supplementary admission will end Friday, August 13, yet many students don’t know their fate. With this post-UTME, candidates are left at the mercy of these universities. Since the introduction of this test, it has made the process more difficult”, she said.
Another parent, Mrs. Ronke Adebisi while lamenting her son’s predicament told Daily Sun that his post UTME was not released while efforts to get official explanation did not yield any result. She said the son scored 271 in JAMB and that two weeks after he submitted a complain letter but there was no response from the admission office.
None of the staff at the admission’s office of the university agreed to explain the situation to our reporter. And when our reporter called on the admission officer, a man who stood sentry at the door bluntly said the officer has gone for a meeting.
But a student of Political Science, Bayo Adebowale, who spoke with Daily Sun, refuted speculations of admission irregularities. He said UNILAG has a pedigree for transparent admission process and urged those who didn’t make the merit list to wait for the next batch.
Adebowale said he experienced similar hitches during the time he was seeking for admission in the university. According to him, he wrote a letter to the faculty which was promptly considered and he was subsequently included on the supplementary list. He said nobody asked him for any kobo to faciliatate the process and warned young students seeking admission not to play into the hands of dubious individuals.
The university also announced a few vacancies in some departments like Creative Arts, Education Administration, English Education, Chemistry Education, French Education, Mathematics Education, among others. According to the university, interested candidates with the necessary requirements who scored 40 per cent and above in the university’s post-UTME and with aggregate score of 50 per cent and above are eligible to apply.
Daily Sun gathered that a syndicate which specializes in securing admission for candidates had it rough in the hands of some parents who demanded for explanation why their wards were not on the merit list while the group battled hard to offer an explanation.
One of them by name Jide, battled hard on August 13 to convince his clients as they followed him en masse from the Senate Building to Arts Block. Jide made frantic calls to his contact person to fix the problem but one of the candidates threatened to deal with him if his admission fell through.
Reacting to the series of allegations raised by the candidates and their parents, the UNILAG Registrar, Mr. Oluwarotimi Shodimu denied the claims and rather blamed some of the candidates as being the architect of their own problem.
However, he admitted that there might be some with genuine cases which he said would be looked into if such is brought to the attention of the university.
His words: “The allegations by parents that their wards who scored high mark were not offered admission, I want tell you it is false. As the Secretary to the Chairman of Senate and who is the VC, Professor Adetokunbo Sofoluwe, if anybody makes such a claim and I see that is the right thing, we will investigate immediately and if it is established to be true, that person will find his or her name on the list.
“No one system is perfect, we had one or two errors like that which we looked at, it is less than 1 per cent. The other allegations people are making which is not founded is that some of these candidates had wrong subjects’ combination. When they had this instead of voicing that out, they are alleging other things. I have taken up some of these cases before the Admission Committee.
“Part of what people are alleging which they don’t know, for example if you are from Edo State and you have applied to UNILAG in spite of the historical and cultural linkage, you are not in the catchment area. So if a candidate from the catchment area is offered admission, such person will react. Let take for example Law, cut off mark is 72, but it went as low as 67 for catchment area like Ekiti State and 66 for those from Oyo State, so if one of your friends is from Edo State, he or she will feel UNILAG has done something wrong.
“When there is no result, let me tell you what happened, many of these candidates, I have a cousin among them, they didn’t shade properly. When instructions are given during the exam, they don’t read it. I saw a candidate, his number is 031 but shaded 013, Computer will reject it, and he has shaded another person’s number. I want to assure you that where such cases are established and brought to us, we will look into it and address them
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