Friday, 23 December 2016

Why The Lady Who Got 320 In JAMBWasn’t Admitted – Provost Of HealthSciences OAU

My name is Adesegun Fatusi, and I am the
Provost of the College of Health Sciences,
OAU, Ile-Ife. The case of the Aror
Oghenerukewve has just been brought to
my notice. To throw more light on her
case, I will present the detaild fact here.
With a score of 320, her mark from UTME
amounts to 80% (i.e. 320/400 x 100)
Her school cert results are: English A1 (=8
marks); Biology C4 (=5 marks); Chemistry
B3 (=6 marks); Maths B3 (=6 marks);
Physics C4 (=5 marks); Physics C4 (=5
marks); Further Maths B2 (=7marks), and
Civic Educ A1 (=8 marks). That gives her 45
points, or 70.3% (i.e. 44/64×100)
So her overall average – as OAU did a
combination of 50% mark from JAMB and
50% mark from School Cert – is:
(80+70.3)=75.15% (which we rounded up
to 75.2%).
With that mark, she ranks number 103 on
the list of the students who took Medicine
as first Choice.
The total admission quota for Medicine in
OAU is 100, and that includes UTME and
Direct Entry).
Clearly although Aror did well, her mark
was NOT good enough to earn her
admission on merit to read Medicine in Ife.
Her mark of 75.2% is clearly below our
cut-off mark (which was initially 78%, but
we later reduced to 77.7%). Between her
mark of 75.2% and 77.7%, by the way,
there were 56 other candidates who scored
higher than her but did not make the cut-
off. For example, two people had 77.6%,
two other people had 77.5%, four people
had 77.4% etc.
Having presented the detailed facts about
Aror’s case, let me also help the many
young Nigerians who may be accessing this
site with more information on admission
as I see a lot of misrepresentation,
falsehood, and misunderstanding from the
comments that various people had made
on this case.
1. Admission into Nigerian Universities are
considered on three grounds based on the
nationally specified criteria (which I think
ought to be reviewed now, by the way):
A. Merit =45% (This covers all candidates
from the country – and it is automatic
admission once you meet the cut-off mark)
B. Catchment = 35% (this refers to those in
the states specified as catchment area for
each University: For OAU, that is Lagos,
Ogun, Ondo, Oyo, Osun and Ekiti)
C. Educationally disadvantaged states
(ELDS)=20% = This refers to all the 19
Northern States, and Ebonyi, Rivers and
So, someone from Delta such as Aror with
75.2% will not get admission into Medicine
in OAU automatically as she is only
considered on merit criterion and she does
NOT meet the specified cut-off, but
someone with the same mark from Kwara
(which is in the North Central zone) may
get automatic admission with the same
mark based on the consideration of ELDS
if 75.2% is the specified cut-off for ELDS
for Medicine.
2. When a candidate chooses a highly
competitive course like Medicine in a top-
rated University like OAU, the competition
is very intense. Believe it or not, many of
the candidates that made our merit mark
had an average of six A1s in school cert
coupled with very high UTME mark (above
300). So, a candidate must carefully think
over his choice of course and university.
For example, if Aror had chosen ANY other
course as her first choice for OAU, whe
would have made the merit mark and
gotten automatic admission, and she would
have made the merit mark for Medicine on
merit for most Nigerian universities too
(but NOT OAU unfortunately).
3. Because of the high demand and
competition for very limited spaces, the
College of Health Sciences does not
consider second choices as a general rule.
OAU, for example, was only able to offer
admission on UTME platform (Merit +
Catchment + ELDS) to less than 3% of her
applicants for Medicine, and less than 2%
of her applicants for Nursing Science this
4. For cases like Aror where the candidadte
has made a high mark but does not make
the cut-off, what the candidate can
sometimes do is to come to the University
and try and see if he or she can be
considered for other courses. A candidate
DOES NOT get considered automatically for
a course she has not applied to in JAMB. A
candidate is ONLY automatically
considered for the course he or she has
applied for with respect to a particular
Unfortunately, Aror has left her case too
late as all admission lists have been
submitted for this year.