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1.2 Million JAMB Candidates Applied For Medicine-related Courses Into Tertiary Institutions But Only 105,226 Were Admitted- See The Causes And The Solutions.
By on January 7th, 2023. Jamb

Data obtained from the Joint Admissions and Matriculation Board (JAMB), the agency responsible for the regulation of admissions into tertiary institutions in Nigeria revealed that out of over 1,256,494 candidates who applied for Medicine-related programs in Nigerian public and private universities in three years, only 105,226 were admitted.

The figures were obtained from the statistics of admissions for 2019, 2020 and 2021. The PUNCH reports that the admissions for 2022 are still ongoing in some universities due to delays from the strike by the Academic Staff Union of Universities and other university-based unions.

Some Medicine-related courses in Nigerian universities include Medicine and Surgery, Nursing, Anatomy, Physiotherapy and Pharmacy among others.

In the data obtained by our correspondent, in 2019, a total of 436,799 applied for 30,111 quotas for Medicine-related courses, however, 34,734 were admitted. The figure was higher than the recommended quota by JAMB.

Further analysis of the data revealed that in 2019, JAMB increased the quota for Medicine-related courses in Nigerian universities to 43,717.

That year, a total of 452,196 applied but only 36,821 applicants were admitted.

The latest data which revealed details of the 2021 admissions revealed that the available quota was pegged at 39,850. A breakdown of data revealed that 367,499 candidates applied out of which only 33,671 were admitted.

The Causes For Low Admissions into Medicine-related Courses

On its website, the regulatory board explained that some of the factors responsible for the failure of some candidates to get admitted includ;

1, Wrong O’ Level subject combination during registration.

2, Low post-UTME scores obtained by students.

3, Duplication of application

4, Absence from post-UTME screening.

5, Mismatch of catchment institutions and absence of O’ Level results.”

Solutions For Low Admission into Medicine-related Courses

1, The curriculum should be structured to prepare students for a world of opportunities outside the medical-related professions.

2, Parents should always encourage their children to go for particular courses they like.

3, Students should not allow themselves to be influenced by friends when choosing courses

4, The curriculum should be structured to teach the students relevant skills within the sciences

5, Students should endeavor to choose the right subject combinations when registering for the UTME.

6, The curriculum should focus more on areas like Law, accounting, and other disciplines.

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