MIXED REACTIONS GREET JAMB'S DECISION ON ADMISSION OF STUDENTS INTO S'EAST VARSITIES
The decision of the Joint Admissions and Matriculation Board (JAMB) not to admit students into South-east universities due to the ongoing strike has been received with mixed reactions in Anambra State.
While the state government said it was yet to be officially communicated, it said it could not fully react on the issue. Some stakeholders have described the situation as unfortunate and called on JAMB not to increase the frustration of the people of the area.
Reacting to the news, the Anambra State Commissioner for Education, Dr. Kay Onyechi, said government was yet to be communicated on the matter, hence would not be able to appropriately react to the issue though it was still resolving the strike issue.
She said: 'We are making enquiries as to the said decision of JAMB. We have not seen any document to that effect and until we see that, we will not react appropriately.' 'But you and I know that we are handling the situation of the strike in Anambra State. The state government is on top of the situation. We are doing everything and we have done more than any other government has done in the zone. So, we are handling it.'
In his own reaction, the Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU) Chairman of Anambra State University (ANSU), Dr. Jaja Nwanegbo, described the situation as unfortunate. He said: 'I have not seen the line of their position to know whether it is conforming to the rules or not to make it easy for me to know what to say. But in the interim, it's just unfortunate.'
Former President-General of Ohanaeze Ndigbo, Dr. Dozie Ikedife said though JAMB might have its reasons that might be justifiable, it should however, not increase the frustration of parents and future students, knowing that the strike issue was being resolved.
He said, 'If they are not teaching, there is some logic in saying that they will not send students there but in saying so seems they want the strike to continue or that they don't believe that the matter can be resolved.