This information was brought to the open by Prof ‘Dibu Ojerinde, JAMB Registrar.
He said, Of the 1,735,720 candidates that applied for JAMB UTME for 2013, only 520,000 would be admitted into tertiary institutions, leaving the bulk of over 1.2 million without admission this year.
Disclosing this, in Abuja yesterday, Prof ‘Dibu Ojerinde, JAMB Registrar, said at a press briefing that the 520,000 was an improvement in the carrying capacity of tertiary institutions in the country, compared to what it was two years ago.
He said: “The carrying capacity of all tertiary institutions, including Colleges of Education, is 520,000. It is, indeed, an improvement from the 450,000 we had two years back.”
“Of the grand total of 1,735,720 candidates writing the UTME from Saturday, April 27, 2013, 1,629,107 candidates applied for the PPT, 15,008 for the DBT and 91,610 CBT for the exam.
“The Paper Pencil Test (PPT) and the Dual Based test (DBT) is scheduled to hold on Saturday, April 27, 2013, while the CBT will commence from Saturday, May 18, 2013, and end on Saturday, June 1, 2013.
“Consequently, the board has concluded all arrangements for the smooth conduct of the 2013 UTME using the three testing modes.
“Also 196 inmates who applied from Lagos and Kaduna respectively are also sitting for this Saturday UTME, while 145 visually impaired candidates will sit for the same exam as provisions have been made for bailey questions and answers.”
Where does this leave us in this country? What do you think is the way out of this?