The Joint Admissions and Matriculation Board has said over 500,000 spaces were not utilised in the 2018 admissions processes to tertiary institutions in Nigeria.
The Head of Media of the Board, Dr Benjamin Fabian, made this known to Voice of Nigeria while speaking on unutilised spaces in tertiary Institutions.
According to him, “this is contrary to general believe that spaces are not available. We have much more than needed as a fact. It’s only few courses that are exhausted i.e medicine, law etc”
Statistics made available by the board revealed a total of 585,498 quota, out of the total sum, were utilised, while a total of 527,815 slots were not utilised in the 2018 admission process.
Dr Benjamin explained that the release of the official statistics became necessary in order to ensure transparency.
He noted that the board intends to utilise 80 to 90 percent of the available spaces for the 2019/2020 admission.
The JAMB Spokesperson stressed that over 300,000 candidates who met admission requirements had so far been offered placements into universities for the 2019/2020 academic session.
He emphasised that the board’s projection for the Year 2019 admission was to ensure that candidates utilise more available spaces.
“This will not be like 2018 where about 40 percent of spaces were not utilised”
According to JAMB, the first choice admission for public universities, which commenced on August 21, will last till November 16, while that of private universities, which commenced on August 21, has February 15, 2020 as deadline.
The board also said the second choice admissions for public universities would commence from November 17 till December 17.
The Joint Admissions and Matriculation Board earlier stated that it would adhere to its admission deadline.