The Joint Admissions and Matriculation Board has said that it should not be blamed that the University of Lagos ’ age stipulation may disallow the highest scorer in the 2019 Unified Tertiary Matriculation Examination , Ezeunala Franklin , from getting admitted .
The 15- year – old boy had scored 347 in the 2019 exercise and picked UNILAG as his first choice , which has 16 years as its minimum age for admission .
JAMB said on Sunday that university regulations on admission were sacrosanct and could not be flouted by the board or by candidates .
The board noted in its weekly bulletin that while it was commendable that Franklin emerged the best , his “ emergence should not be an excuse to flout the rules. ”
The board said , “ It is obvious that no nation has enough spaces for every candidate aspiring for tertiary education , hence the need to define parameters to ensure that equity and fairness are engendered in the admission exercise .
“ The case in point is the result of the just – concluded 2019 UTME which has thrown up Ezeunala Franklin , as the highest scorer .
He had picked the University of Lagos as his first choice .
Coincidentally , the University of Lagos admits only candidates who are 16 years and above .
This is their rule and it is expected that the candidates and the public abide by it .
“ Universities all over the world define their rules on admissions and other requirements that would enable them give their best to the public .
The board should not be blamed for the age stipulation as it stated explicitly in its integrated Brochure and Syllabus System.
“ The responsibility of reading the instructions should not be that of the board but of the candidates and the public .
“ The board notes with dismay the pressure for it to shift the goalpost in the middle of the game by some sections of the public .
It is quite commendable that Franklin emerged the best but his emergence should not be an excuse to flout the rules as other institutions whose rules differ could give him a place. ”