Adamu Calls For Equity, Fairness In Unity Colleges Admission Process

Adamu Calls For Equity, Fairness In Unity Colleges Admission Process

By Chika Mefor-Nwachukwu 

The minister of Education, Mallam Adamu Adamu has urged Principals of the nation’s 110 Unity Colleges to be guided by the principles of fairness, equity and good conscience in the conduct of this year’s admission.

The minister who stated this in a message to the body of Principals handling the exercise, in Benin city, the Edo State capital, emphasized that every part of the country must be given a sense of belonging in the admission exercise, adding that the process must reflect the ideals of the founding fathers of unity colleges as centers of academic excellence and models for states and private schools as well as instruments for National integration and unity.

The minister who was represented by the Director Senior Secondary Education, Hajia Binta  Abdulkadir, stated that candidates who have applied for admission into unity schools outside of their immediate communities should be given priority. 

“If we are to produce responsible citizens, we must stick to the rules inorder to make the right choices of qualified candidates as a foundation for future academic excellence,” he said.

The minister reminded the principals that they should stick to the national policy of the ratio of one teacher to forty students per class in line with UNESCO regulations and urged them to adhere to  the carrying capacity.

The Minister directed Principals to adhere strictly to the criteria for the selection which is 60 percent national merit, 30 percent equality of states and 10 per cent exigency.

Earlier in her welcome address, the Chairperson of Principals of Federal Unity colleges who is also the Principal of Queens Collage Lagos,Dr Tokumbo Yakubu-Oyinloye said government’s guidelines on merit and equality of states will be followed strictly so as to get the best candidates for the colleges.

A press release signed by the ministry’s  Director Press and Public Relations, Bem Going, stated that one of the highlights of the opening ceremony was a tour of the host college, Federal Government Girls College Benin, which was wearing a brand new look.

The Principal of the college Mrs Aghedo Osamediame who led her colleagues on the  tour said, the brand new look of the college has been made possible courtesy of the intervention of the Ministry.