Age stipulation may disallow the highest scorer in the 2019 Unified Tertiary Matriculation Examination , Ezeunala Franklin

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. ”

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