UNILORIN clears air on candidate denied admission

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Authorities at the University of Ilorin have come clean on why a candidate who scored 268 and applied to study optometry at the university was denied admission.

This comes in the wake of a social media write-up alleging the candidate identified as Nusebah Folashade Ayuba was deliberately left out despite her good performance.

EduCeleb.com understands that Ms Ayuba with Registration No: 212 77550JA, who is an indigene of Kogi State applied for admissions in the 2020/2021 admissions year.

UNILORIN Director of Corporate Affairs, Mr Kunle Akogun stated that the situation is not as the article made it seem as the university is an “equal opportunity espouser in all areas of its activities, including admission exercise”.

He added that, “Our admissions policy protects the rights of all candidates who apply to the institution through the principle of equity, fair play and justice. In essence, qualified candidates don’t have to know anybody, either in our University or in higher quarters, to be given fair and just consideration.”

Records from the university show that aside Ayuba scoring 268 in the UTME, she has the following polled O Level Score: Maths = B3, English = C4, Chemistry = B3, Physics = C4, Biology = C5. Her Aggregate Score, which was derived from the computation of her UTME score (50%) and five best relevant O’ Level grades (50%), is 60.17.

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The university revealed that its admission consideration combines the criteria of National Merit, Catchment Area, and Educationally Less Developed States.

“In other words, for any candidate to be admitted, he/she must meet at least one of these three criteria,” Akogun added.

For Ms 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.

In all three criteria, she failed to meet up with the minimum score as her aggregate score of 60.17 excluded her from being considered under any circumstance.

The university spokesperson reminded the public that processes on the JAMB Central Admissions Processing System (CAPS) contain checks and balances that will not allow any candidate to be skipped if he/she is qualified for admission into a programme going by the set criteria.

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