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In this interview by Oluwaseun Raheem, the vice-chancellor Ajayi Crowther University, Oyo, Professor Dapo Asaju, talks about the impact of government’s education policies on the current level of education in Nigeria.

In developed nations of the world, it is not unusual for a student to be offered admission in 10 or more institutions at once; he or she then gets to choose which offer to take. Do you think Nigeria’s centralised admission system is really helping?

The Joint Admissions and Matriculation Board is putting so many regulations on the admission processes. For me, JAMB should be completely scrapped and students should be allowed to apply to many institutions of their own choice. I think this over-regulation was brought in for political advantage. There is no reason why there should be a central admission system. It is counter-productive.

How do you see Nigeria’s federal character policy on admission, where a child from Osun State for instance that wants to study a course in Obafemi Awolowo University, Ile Ife (an institution sited in his state of origin) must score a lot higher than a candidate from say Jigawa who wants to study the same course?

A federal university is run by the government and there shouldn’t be preferential treatment for any candidate as a result of nativity. All candidates should compete with one another regardless of geographical location. The same standard and the same admission process should be employed. There should be no variance for any student coming to federal or state university, regardless of where you come from.


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