Unilag Rejects 59,000 JAMB Candidates


Out of the more than 70,000 candidates that applied for admission into the University of Lagos through  the Joint Admission and Matriculation Board (JAMB), 59,000 were rejected.

Only 9,000 of the applicants have sailed through the first screening, despite the fact that majority of the students scored above JAMB cut-off mark.

According to spokesman for JAMB, Fabian Benjamin, the Board has entered into an agreement with the school to post the rejected students to other schools in Lagos environs.

Although, some protesting candidate claimed they are not aware of the JAMB posting, the exam body said candidates should check its website on Friday, 5th August 2015 to see the postings.

Benjamin said the admission process is not as easy as people think.

"We have Merit, Catchment and closeness to a state. Those are the criteria we are following to arrive at that list we sent to Unilag. It’s not about the cut off point, there are other considerations," he explained.

“UNILAG has only 9000 capacity this years and that is why we are trying to push the others to other universities.”

He lamented failure to understand the problem by students who could not get.

“We sympathise with them but we wish to state categorically that the national cut off point is just the minimum expectation that each candidate desirous of university admission should have," he stated further.

“However, universities are at liberty to go higher than 180, depending on their peculiarities and the performance of candidates who chose them.

“For instance, if over 10,000 candidates who made Unilag their first choice scored 250 and above, it will be difficult for them to go lower than 250 when they are to admit only about 9,000.

“I wish to state that a time will come when some universities will go up to 300 as their cut off mark, depending on the performance."