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As reported by Punch on 29th of December 2019 ‘The joint admissions and matriculation board (Jamb) had announced that her annual University tertiary matriculation examination (UTME) would take place between March 14 and April 4, 2020.
With the forms open for sale from the 13th of January 2019.
According to Nigerian scholar, 1,792,719 candidates sat for the UTME examination in 2019, and according to another publication by Quartz Africa in 2015, only one in four (1/4), that is 25 percent of this large tally of admission seekers secure admission due to low capacity of Universities, polytechnics and colleges of education.
So, given the turn of events; how important the choices candidates make during registration consisting of their choices of institution, courses and subject combinations for the examination is to admission?. This article centers on the things one should consider as an applicant before picking up the obligatory form for JAMB.
Things To Consider Before Registering for UTME
1. School fees
A popular saying goes “Cut your coat according to your size” and for someone like me who is not from a family who cannot afford the monetary requirements for all schools in the country, this come first. It is very important to take into consideration the amount paid as fees in various schools especially for the course of choice – yes, some courses require higher fees than others – in relation to your parents/sponsor’s pocket since universities don’t pay same fees for tuition and other values
“For which of you, desiring to build a tower, does not first sit down and count the cost, whether he has enough to complete it?”Bible
Money does comes first.
2. Course Choices
This comes second for me. Have you tried thinking about the course you have in mind?
Taken your time to check the employment opportunities available after graduation? How many years it would take you? If it has compulsory expenses like excursions, field-trips and if you can finance it?
Why you picked the course in the first place and other questions?. Choice of course is one of the mistakes many students in Nigeria make mostly due to ignorance when filling their forms. You should put your course into consideration
3. School of Choice
After picking a course, another important thing is the choice of school. Do you have a school in mind? Have you considered the distance of the school?
How safe the environment the school is?
If the school is licensed by ASUU to award degrees on the course you’re opting for?
How good the school is, also how expensive their school fees and most importantly cost of living in that area.
Obviously, those are very important questions every person wanting to take the utme registration should ask.
For example, University of Ibadan’s Medicine facaulty is second to none, OAU also has a very good medical school, they should be your choice if that is the field of interest for one as a student in Nigeria.
4. Competition Level In School
While I was in the Secondary School, most of my mates in the hostel acclaimed University of Ibadan as first choice and went ahead to pick the school, it changed over time due to the high competitiveness of the institution. While it is always good to aim for the best obviously, it is also important to note that admission is a case of the survival of the fittest and only the best fit will gain admission. It is therefore important that you put the competitiveness of your intended school in mind so as to know how many people you will be competing with and the requirements, I mean scores here.
5. Your academic prowess
This is very similar to the above-mentioned point.
Same way all fingers are not Equal is true as that’s how different our academic prowesses are.
Do you have what it takes to secure admission into your school of choice with that course?
Would you like to change to a less competitive school or less competitive course?
I believe this should also be given priority.
6. Catchment area of the school
Coming sixth is the catchment area because I believe this should really affect your choice of school. While few schools like the University of Ibadan has no catchment area has the whole of Nigeria as her Catchment Area, some schools give preference to people who are from the states they are situated or people in the geographical region the school is situated.
For example, Obafemi Awolowo University gives preference to people from Southwest geographical region most importantly, people from Osun state.
You should try find out the catchment area of any school you have in mind before making them your choice.
7. Right Subject combination
Each course has its specific subject combination, most medical courses require that Students take English, Biology, Chemistry and Physics in their UTME examinations and also have a credit pass in those subjects including Mathematics in their O level result.
Also, most engineering courses require that prospective students seat for English, mathematics, physics and chemistry in their UTME and have a credit pass in those subjects too.
However, given the turn of events that different schools have slightly different requirements, it is very important that you put that into consideration.
You can check the course requirements for schools here
8. Number of Courses your Subject Combination suits
While a subject combination like (For Sciences) English, Biology, Chemistry and Physics in jamb opens you to a lot of courses like Medicine and Surgery, Veterinary Medicine, Dentistry, Physiotherapy, Microbiology, Botany, Zoology, Agriculture etc., some other subject combinations do not allow that wide range of available courses.
I also advise that you into consideration to pick your subjects combinations really wisely to avail you a variety of course options in case you would have to change your course.
9. Does Your School of Choice Allow Two-Sittings?
It’s not a idea bad to have intentions of combining results but it would be wise to be sure whether or not your school of choice for JAMB and the course allows a combination of results.
For example, The University of Ibadan does not allow double sitting for all courses under the College of medicine and faculty of pharmacy.
It is important to take note of that as students who combine results would be DISQUALIFIED during clearance and have their admission withdrawn.
By Aweda Bolaji
Source: Campusnew UI
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