No Admission For Candidates Less Than 18 Years – Minister

No admission for candidates less than 18 years, says Minister of Education.

The Minister of Education, Prof. Tahir Mamman, has raised concerns about underage students in Nigerian universities, attributing it to some of the challenges higher institutions face.

During a monitoring exercise of the ongoing Unified Tertiary Matriculation Examination (UTME) in Abuja, Mamman hinted at the possibility of setting 18 years as the minimum entry age for admission into universities and other tertiary institutions.

According to Mamman, the Federal Government is contemplating this measure to address the issues arising from the enrollment of students who may lack the necessary maturity to handle university education effectively.

He further cautioned parents against exerting undue pressure on their children to gain early admission, emphasizing the importance of allowing them to attain a certain level of maturity before pursuing tertiary education.

Mamman stressed that acquiring essential life skills prepares youths for a successful future.

As the demand for admission into tertiary institutions continues to soar, the need for a balanced approach to education becomes more apparent.

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  1. This idea should start from regulating the age from entry to first school leaving certificates, as well as WAEC 6,6,6=18
    Otherwise what else should a 15yrs old child who wants to further in education be doing having passed WAEC?

    • The unfortunate statement attributed to the minister of education was ill conceived. The statement is capable of putting our educational system in reverse gear. the minister should note that academic excellence cannot be equated with the age of a child. That policy statement muted by the Hon. minister is not a progressive policy statement expected of an accomplished academician like him, he should be advised to use his exulted office as a minister of education to advance but not to k*ll the educational aspirations of Nigerians.

  2. After collecting money for jamb finish, they should have told them not to register for jamb, and whosoever try to do that, is on his or her own


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