Getting into a Nigerian university is not only based on your exam scores, but it also depends on if your institution of choice has enough room for you.
Every year, over 1.5 million students write JAMB exams and meet the cut-off marks for the schools they apply to. However, only a little over 500,000 of them get admitted into universities.
Simply put, there isn’t enough space.
Students in federal universities are familiar with sardine-like situations in lecture theatres that are filled at overcapacity.
But the woes don’t end there. Students also take longer than necessary to finish degrees due to strikes. These long out of school periods, instigated by disputes between staff and the government, can last from a few days to 6 months. In many cases, the academic calendar is extended for a year or two.
As a result, there is even less space for a new batch of