By Wole Mosadomi
MINNAâ€”Registrar and Chief Executive of Joint Admission and Matriculation Board, (JAMB), Professor Dibu Ojerinde has advised secondary school leavers not to cage themselves by limiting their scopes to university education alone adding that both technical and teachers education also have value and will be the favourite of all professors in the nearest future in Nigeria.
Ojerinde, who was speaking with Vanguard in Minna, Niger State, said he wondered why a candidate with a good result will decide to stay at home for several years for failure to secure admission into any university when he/she has other options of going into any of the polytechnics or colleges of education to pursue their education.
The registrar stated that opportunities abound in other higher institutions in the country saying, â€œIf you donâ€™t get the opportunity in any of the universities, you can get it in either polytechnics or colleges of education.â€
He explained that it is impossible for all candidates seeking admission into various universities in the country to be admitted, pointing out that in the last JAMB examinations alone, about 1.5m candidates applied for a placement of between 350,000 to 400,000.
Ojerinde who was also the immediate past Registrar and Chief Executive of National Examination Council (NECO) called on the candidates to have a rethink on their desperation for university education but rather extend their tentacles and embrace other institutions of higher learning that are even brighter.