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30,000 jostle for 4,000 admission chances in IMSU By Nick Chibunna

More than 30,000 prospective candidates who chose the Imo State University (IMSU) as their first or second choice are jostling for a mere 4000 admission vacancies approved for the university by the National Universities Commission (NUC).

The disclosure was made to Christian Voice recently after the institution’s post-Universities Matriculation Examination (Post-UME) by sources close to university.

According to investigations, the high figure is attributable to the free education policy of the Rochas Okorocha Administration in the state which has made the institution the choice of many admission seekers.

However, allegations of sharp practices in the admission process have been levelled against some authorities who were said to have colluded with politicians  and money bags to corner the chances for their relatives.

Reacting to the allegations, the institution’s Public Relations Officer, Nze Raph Njokuobi, said that the Post –UME result has not been released, adding how can one allege sharp practices and horse trading when the candidates have not been officially screened?

According to the  PRO, nobody has been admitted as a student and until such is done, one cannot allege any malpractice.

Nze Njokuobi who affirmed that admission process in IMSU is one of the most transparent, maintained that only qualified candidates would make it in the institution.

On this session’s cut-off-mark, the institution’s spokesman said, in addition to departmental requirements, this year’s cut-off-mark remains 180.

On why the post-UME exams were conducted while lecturers were on strike, Nze Njokuobi said Joint Admissions and Matriculation Board (JAMB) has a time lag, and if the institution refuses to conduct the exams, it will affect the students when the strike is over.

On his take on the current ASUU strike, the PRO said what Academic Staff of Universities (ASUU) is asking for is adequate funding of universities to enable them provide necessary infrastructure for research and conducive learning environment.

He decried a situation where government at various levels embark on white elephant projects and ignore education which is the agent of advanced civilization and development.