Nigeria’s tertiary institutions can only admit 26 per cent of applicants due to limited vacancies, Daily Trust findings have shown.
Official figures show that over 10 million students sought admission into higher institutions of learning in six years (2010 to 2015) but only 2,674,485 were admitted.
These figures covered only students who sat for the Unified Tertiary Matriculation Examinations (UTME) every year according to data obtained from the Joint Admission and Matriculation Board (JAMB) websites and that of the National Bureau of Statistics (NBS).
About 74 percent of those that failed to secure admission were forced to wait for another year to be joined by others that are finishing secondary schools.
The examination body organises computer-based entrance exams where applicants, who obtained credits in at least five relevant O-level subjects, are tested based on their preferred course of study.