The Management of the University of Ilorin says the institution is known to be a proponent of equal opportunity in all areas of its work, including admission exercise.
A statement signed by Kunle Akogun, the university’s director of corporate affairs, said that management was aware of a post on several social media platforms demanding an alleged refusal to admit one of the 2020/2021 UTME candidates, Ayuba Nuseba.
Akogun stated that the post tried to whip up unnecessary sentiments through emotion-laden but uninformed write-ups.
He said: “Our admissions policy protects the rights of all applicants in the institution through the principle of equity, fair play and justice.
“Eligible candidates basically don’t need to know anyone, either at our university or in higher circles, to be treated fairly and equally.
“The candidate, Ayuba Nusebah Folashade, with registration number: 212 77550JA, who is the indigene of Kogi State, scored 268 in the UTME.
“It has the following respondents at level O: Mathematics = B3, English = C4, Chemistry = B3, Physics = C4, Biology = C5.”
Akogun said that his total score, derived from calculating the UTME score (50%) and the five most suitable O-level scores (50%), was 60.17.
He added: “In our admission consideration, the following criteria come into play: National Merit, Catchment Area and Educationally Less Developed States.
“In other words, each candidate must meet at least one of these three criteria to be admitted.”
The Unilorin spokesman added that for Ayuba’s preferred course of study, Doctor of Optometry, the Merit Cut-off Point is 68.38; Catchment Areas’ Cut-off Point is 64.17; while Educationally Less Developed states’ Cut-off Point is 63.5.
Akogun said, “So with an overall score of 60.17, it’s clear that this candidate doesn’t meet any of the set criteria.
“In addition to not reaching the objective threshold, Ayuba is ranked 99th out of 394 eligible UTME candidates who chose optometry as their course of choice.
“At the end of the exercise, 63 candidates were offered entry.
“This means that there are 35 other optometry candidates who perform better than Ms. Ayuba, that didn’t scale through.”
Akogun stated that the management tried to go into this detail to remove any doubts about the adoption process and to demonstrate the transparency, sincerity and openness inherent in the admission process.
“It should be noted that the process in JAMB’s central admission processing system includes controls and balances that do not allow a candidate to be ignored once he or she is eligible for admission to a program that meets established criteria,” he said.
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