The Registrar and Chief Executive of the Joint Admission and Matriculation Board (JAMB), Professor ‘Dibu Ojerinde on Wednesday asserted that despite the approval of new universities, the carrying capacity of all tertiary institutions in the country is less than 800, 000.
He said this was the only available space for the over 1.4 million candidates that sat for the 2015 Unified Tertiary Matriculation Examination (UTME).
Ojerinde, who spoke in Abuja yesterday, lamented that the good intention of the board to redistribute candidates from overloaded institutions to where admissions could be offered to them was opposed by the people.
“We said some institutions are overloaded and some do not have candidates. We now said let us redistribute the candidates so that they will not lose out finally or delayed.
“I’m talking about those who score 240 and above. Forget about 200 because they are so many yet our universities are not full. The Polytechnics, Colleges of Education don’t have candidates,” he stated.
Ojerinde noted that the protest at University of Lagos showed that people do not want the problem of access resolved.
He urged the Federal Government to remove the dichotomy between university degree and Polytechnic Higher National Diploma (HND), saying the discrimination was responsible for the crave for university degrees to the detriment of technical and skilled education.
The Registrar, however, confirmed that a report on the removal of the dichotomy between university degree and certificates acquired from other tertiary institutions had been submitted to President Muhammadu Buhari on Tuesday for consideration.
He revealed that the late President Yar’adua had approved the removal of the dichotomy and changing of HND to B.Tech, but it was not implemented before he died.