FG Worries Over Rate Of Below 18 Yrs Admission Seekers In Nigeria's Tertiary institutions - EDU-BIZNEWS


Monday, April 22, 2024

FG Worries Over Rate Of Below 18 Yrs Admission Seekers In Nigeria's Tertiary institutions

Federal Government has expressed concern over the increasing rate of students who are below the age-limit of 18 seeking admission into various universities and other tertiary institutions in Nigeria 

Ministers of Education, Prof Tahir Mamman who expressed the concern on Monday during monitoring exercise of the ongoing 2024 Unified Tertiary Matriculation Examination (UTME) in Bwari, Abuja, says the minimum age for admission into Nigerian higher institutions of learning is 18 years

The minister who cautioned parents against pressuring their wards at ages 15 and 16 to gain admission into tertiary institutions, called on tertiary institutions in the country to discourage offering admission to candidates below 18, noting that Nigeria operates the 6-3-3-4 system of education.

The minimum age of entry into the university is 18, but we have seen students who are 15 and 16 years old going in for the entrance examination,” the minister said.

“Parents should be encouraged not to push their wards too much. Mostly, it is the pressure of parents that is causing this.

The minister vowed that the government would take a critical look at the trend , stressing the need for students to be mature enough for the university education, before seeking admission 

“We are going to look at this development because the candidates are too young to understand what the whole university education is all about", he stated 

This is the period when children migrate from a controlled to an uncontrolled environment; when they are in charge of their affairs.

“But, if they are too young, they won’t be able to manage properly. I think that is part of what we are seeing in the universities today.”

Mamman said the ministry of education is taking skills to pupils from primary school.

This, he noted, is in the interest of skill acquisition for those who will not be able to gain admission into tertiary institutions.

Overall, it is 20 percent that can be admitted into the university, polytechnic and colleges of education. So, where will the 80 percent go to? That is why the issue of skills acquisition is very important,” the minister added.

“Any student who is unable to proceed to tertiary institutions should be able to have a meaningful life after primary and secondary school education and the only solution to this is skill acquisition.

“By taking skills right from the time they entered school, for the primary right through the educational trajectory, somebody should finish with one skill or another. That is part of the assumption of the 6-3-3-4.

1 comment:

  1. This not a ban but warning by federal government, unlike how some media narrated the story.