IBADAN – Mrs Olubunmi Faluyi, Secretary, College of Medicine, University of Ibadan, has advised students to explore Advanced Level GCE as option to JAMB examinations for admission into universities.
She gave this advice at the 2014 valedictory service of the outgoing students of “JSAY Pre-varsity School’’ in Ibadan on Saturday.
Faluyi, former Admissions Officer at the University of Ibadan, said admissions into universities in Nigeria these days had become difficult as students failed to meet the cut-off marks for their courses yearly.
She said admission quota for undergraduates at the University of Ibadan used to be between 3000 and 3,500 annually, adding that over 11,000 applications were usually received.
She explained that “the unlucky candidates are thrown back into the admission market after failed attempt at the UTME.
“Rather than waste money and time, I would advise prospective students to seek alternative admissions through the A’ Level GCE into 200 levels at the university.
“The GCE `A’ Level courses are offered in designated institutions accredited to run the courses in Nigeria.
“Most of them run the London Cambridge A ‘Level, IGCSE, and other admission requisite courses for overseas admissions’’, she said.
“This system would go a long way in creating more admission slots for undergraduates and help solve the problems of admissions through UTME.
“As adolescents, attention span and psychological effects of failing admission examinations repeatedly could cause lack of focus and interest’’, Faluyi said.
Earlier, Mrs Olajumoke Akere, Director of the school, said this year’s valedictory service was the 13th edition, adding that the school started in 2007 with only one student.
Akere said 50 graduates were being sent off and that the school’s numerical strength had improved considerably.
She said the school recorded 100 per cent success in Biology, Mathematics and Business studies in its last A’Level GCE and London Cambridge Certificate examinations.
She said the school gave out scholarships to four students to study in any universities of their choice within the country. (NAN)