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OAU matriculates 6,650 new students, explains reduction in admission figure

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At the matriculation ceremony for new students on Monday, the Obafemi Awolowo University said it has offered admission to only 6,650 students for the 2018/2019 session.

This represents a reduction this year in the university’s admission figure when compared with the previous sessions.

During the 2015/2016 academic session, the school brought in 7,500 students. The university had admitted the same number of students in the 2016/2017 academic session.

Meanwhile, the figure rose in 2017/2018, when the university had 8,158 new intakes.

In an interview with Journalist on Monday, the school’s spokesperson, Abiodun Olanrewaju, attributed the reduction to the loss of accreditation for some courses last admission year.

It was reported how the National University Commission (NUC) withdrew accreditation for Law, Dentistry, Medical Rehabilitation, Fine and Applied Arts, Family Nutrition and Consumer Sciences, and Botany programmes at the Nigerian first-generation university.

As a result of the withdrawal, admission to those departments was suspended for the current session. The Joint Admission Matriculation Board (JAMB) had advised applicants to either change their courses or choice of institution.

“If you had added the numerical strength in those faculties (for example in Law), that would add up to the original figure. That explains the reduction,” Mr Olanrewaju said.

New students demand better welfare

In 2018, there was a report on the university admitting more students despite limited facilities.

The lecture theatres and hostels cannot cope with the number of students, and there have been calls for an expansion of the infrastructure.

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