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UTME: Admission may elude over one million - Minister

By The Citizen

The Minister of Education, Professor Ruqayyatu Rufa'I, has disclosed that only 520,000 of the 1.7 million that wrote the 2013 Unified Tertiary Matriculation Examination (UTME) can gain admission.

Rufai expressed sadness over the fate of the remaining 1.2 million candidates whom she said cannot be accommodated.

The Minister spoke after monitoring conduct of the UTME within schools in Abuja and Suleja, Niger State alongside the Registrar and Chief Executive of the Joint Admission and Matriculation (JAMB), Prof. Dibu Ojerinde.

She called for Private Pubic Partnership (PPP) to resolve the crisis despite Federal Government's effort in building more universities.

The Minister also solicited for assistance of state governments in building more universities.

A total of 1, 629, 102 candidates applied for the Paper-Pencil Test (PPT) while 15, 008 candidates applied for the Dual Based Test (DBT).

91, 610 candidates applied for the Computer Based Test (CBT).