1.2 m UTME candidates won’t gain admission – FG

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The Federal Government on Saturday said of the 1,735,720 students  that registered for this year’s Unified Tertiary Matriculation Examination, only 520,000 will gain admission.

Education Minister, Prof. Ruqayyatu Rufai

Education Minister, Prof. Ruqayyatu Rufai

Addressing journalists at the Federal Government College, Suleja, Niger State, after monitoring the examination, Minister of Education, Prof. Ruqayyatu Rufai, blamed this on the low-carrying capacity of the tertiary institutions in Nigeria.

She said, “The major challenge is a country like Nigeria having 1.7 million sitting for examination. The space we have is 520,000 for federal, states, private universities, polytechnics and colleges of education.

“If one million passed, what are we going to do with the rest 500,000? We will not expand the carrying capacity without expanding the facilities.

“What are we going to do with the large number of  students out there? I feel the pain. Mr. President is very much concerned. If you have students that have passed…

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