ASUU Supports FG 18 Year’s University Admission Age.

ASUU Supports FG 18 Year’s University Admission Age.

President of the Academic Staff Union of Universities, Professor Emmanuel Osodeke, has thrown his weight behind the proposition by the Federal Government to adopt 18 years as the entry age for admission into universities and other tertiary institutions of learning nationwide.

He condemned the standard admission age currently set by most tertiary institutions in the country at 16 years, not minding if the candidate is certified as gifted.

This is coming after the Minister of Education, Professor Tahir Mamman, also accused underage students of being responsible for some of the problems being encountered in higher institutions.

This is coming after in 2021, the Senate announced plans to amend the law establishing the Joint Admissions and Matriculation Board, to limit the age of a candidate sitting the UTME to 16 years and above, while, the then Vice Chairman, Senate Committee on Basic Education, Senator Akon Eyakenyi, during the committee’s oversight visit to JAMB, said, the development would prevent underage from participating in the examination, to gain admission into universities in Nigeria.

 Minister of Education, Professor Tahir Mamman while monitoring the ongoing Unified Tertiary Matriculation Examination in Abuja, cautioned parents against pushing their children and wards ‘too much’ and advised parents to allow their children to attain some level of maturity to be able to better manage their affairs.

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