By Simon Ebegbulem
BENINâ€”THE authoritiesÂ of the Ambrose Alli University (AAU), Ekpoma, Edo State, said yesterday that not more than 4,500 candidates were expected to participate in the forthcoming post University Matriculation Examination (UME), saying the number was reduced due to the new guidelines given to universities by the National University Commission (NUC).
Candidates who did not meet up with the new cut-off point in the various departments were advised not to pick forms for the post UME which would be written after the Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU), AAU chapter, calls off its strike.
The university warned that all those who failed to meet up with the requirements as specified by JAMB and NUC and went ahead to pick forms would lose their money.
The Acting Vice-Chancellor of the University, Professor Ewan Alufohai, and the Registrar, Dr Lawrence Edokpayi, who briefed newsmen in Benin CityÂ yesterday, saidÂ â€œthe new guidelines that were given to us by NUC and JAMB advised universities to invite not more than 150 per cent of their carrying capacity.
â€œAnd for us, it is just three thousand, so the maximum we can possibly invite for the post UME will be 4,500 for the entire school, covering all the faculties.
â€œThat informed us to now stagger the cut-off point per department so as to be able to meet the guidelines that we have been given. We have advertised it in Vanguard and we expect that prospective applicants will comply.
â€œBut some how, some still felt we will do what we did last year when the cut-off point was 190 across all the departments. As it is now, in medicine, we have three departments, the department of medicine, Medical Laboratoryand Physiology.
The cut off point now has varied because of the new law.Â For medicine, we put it at 220, Medical Laboratory 200 and Physiology 190â€ Professor Alufohai explained.
He urged unqualified candidates not to bother picking the forms as arrangements have been concluded to enforce the new law in all the universities in order not to over bloat the number of students in some schools.