The University of Ilorin (UNILORIN) is said to be making moves to increase the admission quote of the school to 12,000 candidates per session (from the present quota which is 10,900), starting with the 2019/2020 candidates.
The recent reports said that the school authorities is making contacts with National Universities Commission (NUC), the body vested with power over most activities of the Nigerian universities, for increase in the existing admission quota allotted the institution.
In line with this new development, Vice Chancellor of the University of Ilorin, Prof Sulyman AbdulKareem revealed that the school would admit about 12,000 candidates for the 2019/2020 academic session.
The VC also hinted that the move to increase admission quota was to accommodate the huge number of admission seekers, especially seeing that Unilorin has become one of the most sought after universities in Nigeria:
“My goal as Vice-Chancellor is to have limitless admission quota but we know that is regulated by NUC, and they usually base that on facilities on campus. I must disclose that for 10 years, I was admission Chairman for University of Ilorin.
“So, I remember many times I carried message to JAMB and NUC to solicit for increase in our quota. Even at that, today the normal quota is 10,900 but they are going to give room for alteration and allow us to admit for a session not more than 12,000 Students.
“Our biggest problem is the 100 Level courses that have large number of students, especially if you look at Chemistry, Physics, Maths and Biology that all 100 Level students must take in very large number.
“Till now, we have been having problem. But lately in this session, what we have been doing is using our big Lecture Theatre, Multipurpose Theatre and having enough chairs. I thought I was doing something new but when I got to London, I was told that this is the classroom of the future. If you go to that multipurpose theatre now, we have brought in enough gadgets to make lecture delivery easy for the lecturers and for the students to learn.
“The issue though is that we cannot go on increasing the number, and I have been soliciting for TETFUND assistance to have large lecture theatres that can accommodate large class size. But they are also advising us that when a class gets too large, it is very difficult for lecturers to monitor.”, the VC said