Controversy trails Unity Schools’ admission lists

Posted by News Express | 1 September 2016 | 3,509 times

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Controversy is now trailing the admission list to Federal Government Unity Colleges released by the government recently, as some aggrieved parents have condemned the list and threatened to move against the Federal Ministry of Education.

Some of the aggrieved parents who spoke at the Federal Government College, Lagos-Ijaniki during the week could not hide their dismay over the list, describing it as a sham.

“I think there is no transparency in this process,” said Mr. Oliver.  Another aggrieved mother complained that she visited Queens College, Lagos, her daughter’s first choice, but could not find her name, despite passing the first interview test with 150 score-point, adding that she was advised to check her second choice; Ijanikin.

Mr. Oliver expressed shock that her daughter’s name was also not included in the Ijanikin list where other candidates with lesser marks had their names published and offered admission.

Suspecting foul play, sources at the school disclosed that the list on display was not the first as other list displayed were removed and pasted severally before the last one currently on display.

Also some students were said to have been shortlisted to other Federal Government Colleges due to space constraints, as many parents and guardians lamented that criteria for the exercise for the decision were unclear.

They alleged that students with lower points were given consideration ahead of a large number that made higher points and denied admission.

Independent investigations revealed that the Federal Government for inexplicable reasons decided to revert to the first interview test as basis for the admission. However, this was after successful students wrote for the second interview test conducted on June 18th.

The grouse of the parents is that their children who passed the first interview test did not get admission eventually, and the result of the second interview test was not released.

Recall that the Minister of Education, Mallam Adamu Adamu, announced the cancellation of a second interview test for JS1 admission to Federal Unity Colleges with effect from 2017. This was after conduct of the second interview exams.

At the time of filling this report, parents whose children are successful are still at a loss as to the exact amount payable as school fees for the new intake.

Unconfirmed sources within the school said the total package is above N120,000, adding that N45,000 is paid as PTA levy and N15,000 as boarding fee.

Investigations further revealed that some students might not take up the admission due to high fees, while some parents are already lobbying for placement of their children who did not make the list.

Students from states like Zamfara, Yobe, Borno, Kebbi, Jigawa, Sokoto, Adamawa, among others, got admissions with less than 100 score, while cut off point for Abia, Imo, Anambra, Lagos, Delta states were pegged at 60 and above to secure admission courtesy of quota system.

•Sourced from Independent. Photo shows Adamu Adamu.

Source: News Express

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