Prof. Is-haq Oloyede, the Registrar, Joint Admissions and Matriculation Board (JAMB), has said 80 per cent of the 1.5 million candidates, who apply to write JAMB examination annually do not have the qualifications to sit for it.
Prof. Oloyede also said that 40 percent of candidates, who pass JAMB annually, did not have the O’Level qualifications to study in the university.
He made this known at the 2016 Nigeria Higher Education Summit in Abuja, organised by the Committee of Vice-Chancellors of Nigerian Federal Universities in collaboration with Trust Africa.
Also speaking at the event was former Chairman of the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) Prof. Attahiru Jega, who was the chairman of the summit.
Prof. Jega who was a former vice chancellor of Bayero University, Kano, identified leadership crisis and the misplacement of priorities as one of the bane of Nigeria’s higher education.
Instability, poor funding, turmoil in universities and lack of focus, are the other challenges he identified facing higher education.
The former INEC chair called for adequate funding of the sector to enable the universities to contribute to national growth.
According to him, some of the innovations and development in education in developed countries were yet to materialise in Nigeria and Africa because of some of the challenges facing the country and the continent.
Also, the Secretary General of Association of Vice Chancellors of Nigerian Universities, Prof. Michael Faborode, said all the research done by Nigerian universities needs to be celebrated and appreciated.
Meanwhile, the Federal Government has ordered the JAMB to make consultations with the relevant stakeholders so as to come up with new and separate cut-off marks for admission into universities, polytechnics and colleges of education from 2017.
JAMB was also directed to furnish the Education Ministry with publications, in full, the list of un-utilized admission slots into all universities, polytechnics and colleges of education on a course-by-course basis at the end of the first leg of the admission process.