Stop giving admission to underage candidates – JAMB warns universities

Registrar of the Joint Admission and Matriculation Board (JAMB), Prof. Ishaq Oloyede, has warned tertiary institutions to stop admitting underaged students.

Oloyede described the practice of giving teenagers admission to study at the university as “illegal” and stressed that it needs to be aborted.

He spoke at the opening of the seventh biennial conference of the Committee of Pro-Chancellors of State -Owned Universities in Nigeria on Tuesday in Lagos themed “Effective University Governance: Role of Stakeholders”.

According to the JAMB boss, that act as well as the illegal admission of diploma students need to be stopped as they can damage the Nigerian education system.

Oloyed said; “About two months ago, I received a letter from an European country to confirm if a student actually graduated from a particular university because she is 15 years old and applied for postgraduate course.

They question they asked me is “Is this possible in Nigeria,” I had to call the Vice Chancellor of the institution and he confirmed the student graduated from the university but was not admitted by JAMB. He had to include that he was not the VC at the time the student was admitted.

Also illegal admission of diploma students needs to stop because last year, we admitted 9,000 diploma students; I was alarmed that about 3,000 students came from a particular university. Everyone of us should be accountable because all these acts can damage our education system”.