Although Firdaouz Yusuff-Awari scored an impressive 300 points in the Unified Tertiary Matriculation Examination (UTME) last year, according to PREMIUM TIMES, she was unable to get admission to the University of Ilorin, where she wanted to study common law.
Ms. Yusuff-Awari, 17, also scored 76 percent in UniIlorin’s Post-UTME test. in the West African Examination Board (WASSCE) in 2019, she appeared with seven awards and two credits.
The University of Common Law’s credit points for UTME are 260% and for Post-UTME 50%.
“My daughter is currently depressed at home and very disappointed with the education system,” said Olaitan Yusuff-Awari, Firdaouz’s father.
Firdaouz’s plight occurred across Nigeria when it emerged that a student, Goodness Shekwobyalo Thomas, despite 302 at UTME, could not be admitted to Ahmadu Bello University in Zaria to study medicine and surgery.
In its answer, the JAMB accused Ms. Thomas that she could not be admitted to the ABU.
A closed portal
The UTME is a computer-based standardized exam that is run by the Joint Admissions and Matriculations Board (JAMB) for prospective students in Nigeria.
According to Yusuff-Awari, his daughter was unable to count math among the subjects that she uploaded to the Ilorin University portal because the West African Examinations Council delayed his release.
She has uploaded eight subjects to the university portal until her math is published.
Mathematics (at least one credit card) is a prerequisite for studying law at the university.
“The WASSCE result was released on July 25, and the math was later released on August 31,” said Yusuff-Awari, a native of Ojoku, Kwara state.
The university closed its portal on August 20th.
“We uploaded the (complete) result to the JAMB portal and they sent us a copy that they received. When we tried to send it to the University of Ilorin, their portal was closed, ”he said.
Mr. Yusuff-Awari said he went to the University’s Computer Service and Information Technology Center (COMSIT) in September to inquire about the portal’s closure. COMSIT is the university’s ICT department, which uploads the admission list and is responsible for opening and closing the portal.
He said he was told that too many candidates had applied to study at the institution and that the number of candidates who uploaded their results to the portal was higher than that of the school.
“People there advised me to change my daughter’s course to another one that doesn’t require math, but I said no.”
“The closure of the portal prevented eligible students from uploading their results. No candidate was able to use the NECO results for Unilorin because the NECO results have not yet been released,” he said.
“When I went to the facility in December to inquire about the matter, they asked the students to attend lectures.”
“How would someone attend lectures if the person hadn’t been admitted? Who’s going to waste all the time? Asked Mr. Olaitan.
“The school said they should start giving lectures if they open the portal so they don’t miss much,” he said.
Mr. Olaitan said that any attempts to seek clarification from the JAMB and the University of Ilorin had failed.
JAMB spokesman Fabian Benjamin did not respond to PREMIUM TIMES comments.
UniIlorin spokeswoman Kunle Akogun said the university was not to blame for not allowing the candidate because her results were not uploaded before the portal was closed.
“If a candidate scores 400 points and cannot upload results at the scheduled time, nobody can do anything.
“Closing the portal was a school requirement and students had to upload their results before closing the portal.”
Mr. Akogun declined to state that the university had informed applicants that the portal was closed.
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