accepted to study courses of their choosing at the University of Nigeria (UNN)
at the beginning of the 2019/2020 academic year, they are asked to move to
other courses as they have already begun lectures in courses they have already
been accepted for coming with a plethora of pains.
is now dealing with depression. This triggered a crisis in my family-my mum,
myself, everybody is distraught,” said one of the students’ siblings,
compelled to shift their course of study from law to political science at UNN. I
do not know what we are to do next but this is just unfair.
After three months of academic activity
in their chosen course of study, students of medicine / surgery, pharmacy, law
and nursing started receiving text messages on their phones from the Joint
Admission Matriculation Board (JAMB) on 1 April to move courses. One of text
messages from JAMB read, “Dear, (students name withheld), University of Nigeria
(UNN), Enugu State, want to transfer you from law to political science please
visit www.jamb.or.ng/eFacility/login to download the CAPS Mobile app, to either
accept/reject the program transfer order.”
specify whether the students will retain their admission or student status if
they reject the ‘suggested’ change of course.
text messages from JAMB, Chris C. Igbokwe, a school registrar on the UNN
website, gave students an ultimatum of two weeks either to accept a change of
course or to lose their course.
formally admitted through Supplementary Admissions into MEDICINE/SURGERY,
PHARMACY. LAW AND NURSING SCIENCES, but who were reassigned to other related
courses, in compliance with the directives from the Regulatory Agencies/JAMB to
keep to approved Quota in those courses, that JAMB has placed a deadline of
30TH April 2020 to accept the courses so re-assigned in JAMB portal,” Igbokwe
said in the statement.
courses re-assigned would compel JAMB to delete their names from JAMB CAPS and
replace with other candidates, resulting in students losing their admission.
names to avoid their wards being victimized by the school authorities. They
argued that it was unethical for the school to compel undergraduates to change
their course of study against their wishes for unexplained reasons,
particularly after they were initially admitted to their preferred courses. However,
some of the parents believe that it could be because JAMB exceeded the limit
for the number of students to be admitted for the courses.
she found out that – It has been heartbreaking and we just wish there was a way
out for this,” a mother of a student who resorted to leaving medicine and
surgery to choose medical lab science as the school required of her.
anonymous, said school fees and all other necessary registration had been
completed for her daughter who was offered admission to study medical
explaining that her daughter once got admitted to study biochemistry in UNN in
2018 after scoring 276 in JAMB but refused to take the admission and waited for
the 2019 exam in which “she scored 296 to get the current admission.”
for a course we don’t want. It doesn’t make sense, someone should pay for this
– It shouldn’t be students paying for this.”
study law but was asked to study political science, said it will be difficult
to switch her course due to missed class activities which may lead to her
having a poor result in her first year in school.
to write another JAMB instead of choosing political science if the 2020 JAMB
exam had not been written already.
political science, the undergraduate whose campus was in Enugu, the capital
city of the state, while studying law, will have to move to Nsuka to attend
political science classes.
be at the receiving end of the school’s negligence of supposedly over-admitting
students beyond the limit given by JAMB.
spokesperson Fabian Benjamin said that UNN and other institutions whose
graduates have been told to change their courses are to be criticized for not
operating in line with the student admissions program.
to change courses because the JAMB Central Admission Processing System (CAPS)
did not find them eligible to take the courses.
informed choice and it is not imposed. When asked why the students were
admitted in the first place, Benjamin said the school did not initiate the
students’ admission process in CAPS from the onset and were forced to later
register them on CAPS which suggested other courses they are qualified to
the admission on CAPS), JAMB realised that many of these students do not
qualify, so they had to give them other options that their score can take. They
were not qualified for the programmes they were given. They were admitted
because they have long leg. Any school with admission outside CAPS was trying
to hide something.
students that are not qualified for those courses (they were admitted for). All
admissions must be conducted inside CAPS which selects students for courses
their grades merit them to read.
to comment on the subject and JAMB ‘s response when contacted by our reporter
on the phone.
after calls and text messages had not been answered, Omeaku argued that the
change of course directive was the fault of the students who had been asked to
and the students did not meet the guidelines,” Omeaku said.
admitted without meeting the school ‘guidelines’, Omeaku kept mute on the
issue. He promised to call our correspondent back on the phone after he had
spoken with the school’s registrar Chris Igbokwe. He, however, did not call
back or pick our correspondent’s calls again.
correspondent on Friday, 8 May, saying “I don’t have the right answers for you
right now. I have to consult with the right departments from Monday,
from our correspondent to provide the answers he promised since Friday.
to an email enquiry on the issue sent to him.