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We Do Not Manipulate Admissions In FUNAAB – Vice Chancellor
The Federal University of Agriculture, Abeokuta (FUNAAB) on Tuesday dissociated itself from any form of admission manipulations.
The Vice-Chancellor (VC) of the institution, Prof. Felix Salako, made the disclosure during a courtesy call on the executives and members of the Nigeria Union of Journalists (NUJ), Ogun Chapter, at the NUJ Secretariat in Abeokuta.
The VC, who insisted that admissions were offered on merit, said most of the students still found it difficult picking their course of study.
According to him, many students, not considering the specialisation of the institution, apply for electrical, mechanical engineering and computer science, instead of agricultural related courses.
“The institution is a specialised university, thus we have enough and more admission spaces for agricultural related courses than these other ones.
“And again, it is not every qualified student that gets admission, because there is a limit to the number of students we can admit.
“Scoring 200 is a pass mark, but we will give priority to someone who scored 220 or 250 over a student with 200.
“The truth is that many students will want to come to either the federal or state universities because they know their parents cannot afford the cost of private institutions,” he said.
On the cancellation of management courses in the institution, the VC stated that the Federal Government (FG) was looking into the matter as it concerned the institution and other specialised institutions.
According to him, there is an ongoing process to prevail on the FG to rescind its decision.
He noted that the Alake and Paramount Ruler of Egbaland, Oba Adedotun Gbadebo, had written to President Muhammadu Buhari on the issue.
Salako stressed that the offering of management courses had assisted admission seekers within the institution’s catchment area to gain admission.
“It really helped,” he said.
Earlier, the State Chairman of NUJ, Mr Wole Sokunbi, had promised the union’s continued support and partnership with the institution.