OAU Merging the 2020/2021 and 2021/2022 Admission Sessions Together: How Would if Affect the 2021/2022 JAMBITES?
The COVID-19 pandemic happened and changed almost everything about education as we used to have it, and it is okay that, instead of continuing waiting for when the pandemic would be over and everything would go back to how they used to be, we as Nigerians are improvising and making things happen for us by all means. Same can be said about our schools, the higher institutions that had lost a whole academic session to the pandemic while the admission session never stopped running had found a way to make sure the academic session meets up with the admission session by cancelling one academic session that had lost most part of it to the pandemic, and by merging the admission session of the cancelled academic session with another admission session so everything would balance. That is, although we do not have the 2020/2021 academic session anymore, but we are marrying the admissions of the 2020/2021 session to the admissions of the 2021/2022 session to make the admission session and the academic session up to date. This is not a new thing for many schools in Nigeria; UI has been there, OAU has been there, UNILORIN has been there, UNIBEN has been there, so it is not a new thing at all. But when it comes to OAU and how they want to process their admissions for the 2021/2022 academic session, what effects would this have on the OAU JAMBITES of 2021/2022.
Everyone knows by now that OAU only want to admit 40% of their NUC yearly quota from the 2021/2022 JAMBITES. This is because 60% of the said quota had already been admitted from the 2020/2021 JAMBITES, so that the admitted candidates from the admission sessions can resume for the 2021/2022 academic session. This is a good thing for the 2020/2021 JAMBITES whose academic session was cancelled as they wouldn’t have to lose their admission just because their academic session was cancelled. But this is not good at all for the JAMBITES who would be hoping for OAU’s admission with the 2021/2022 UTME, pre-varsity and diploma programmes; OAU is only admitting a few of them. Let me put this in a better perspective, let us assume the NUC quota for OAU is 15,000 yearly, the implication of this would be that OAU had already admitted 60% of the 15,000 from the 2020/2021 JAMBITES, and that equals 9,000 admissions offered already, meaning the 2021/2022 admissions would only be offered to 6,000 candidates. That is not even up to half of what OAU usually admit per normal session. This means if 100,000 people took the OAU Post-UTME and 50,000 are eligible for admission, and 20,000 beat the departmental cut-off to qualify them for their department of choice, it would mean only 6,000 of the qualified 20,000 would be admitted. So in a nutshell, the 2021/2022 admission would not be about who has the cut-off, it would also be able who knows who.
What would also make the 2021/2022 admission process extremely difficult is the fact that OAU would want to consider all their qualified pre-degree and JUPEB students first, and this number alone often take up to 3,000. The remaining would be for UTME and DE (from other schools). How would 3,000 admissions cover any good portion of the number of people that had already applied to OAU in the 2021/2022 UTME and DE screening and they currently haven’t gotten the information that OAU is only admitting just about 6,000 from the large number? We can only hope OAU doesn’t delay their admission processes this year, so that the ones that are not admitted would know their fates early and quickly opt for change of institution before other schools close their screening. Let’s also be prepared for the war, because that is what OAU admission is going to be this year… a war.