In a bid to accommodate more students awaiting admission into tertiary institutions next session, the management of the University of Ibadan has promised to consider students who scored less than 200 marks in the recently concluded Unified Tertiary Matriculation Examination, UTME.
The Director of the UI Distance Learning Centre, Prof. Emmanuel Omobowale, said this on Tuesday at a press conference held at the University in Ibadan.
Omobowale noted that although the institution’s standard cut-off mark for regular admission remains, students with low marks in the last UTME and those who did not sit for the last UTME could be admitted to the university via its Open Distance e-Learning programme, saying the opportunities to get the same degrees as others were now available.
He emphasised that the university could admit 100,000 students and even more through the programme, which he said would not be affected by frequent strikes by the Academic Staff Union of Universities.
The director also noted that such students also have opportunity to be mobilised for the National Youth Service Corps like their colleagues who were admitted for the regular programmes of the university, pointing out that the only requirement they must meet was to pass relevant subjects at the O’Level.
According to him, the special window of admission into UI, which he described as an innovative way of increasing the number of students who secure admission under the leadership of the Vice Chancellor of UI, Prof. Kayode Adebowale, will address the problem of low carrying capacity universities.