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Age Limit For Varsity Admissions Backward - Punch Editorial Board by FreeStuffsNG: 8:05pm On Apr 27
Age limit for varsity admissions backward



WHILE the Nigerian tertiary education landscape is plagued with problems that demand urgent attention, the Minister of Education, Tahir Mamman, seems interested in exploring a controversial policy. During his tour of the 2024 Unified Tertiary Matriculation Examination centres, Mamman said that the Federal Government is considering the adoption of 18 years as the entry age for admission into universities and other tertiary institutions. This is a backward proposal; it should be consigned to the dustbin.

Mammanโ€™s grounds for this retrogressive proposal are that younger students are responsible for some of the challenges within the system. He suggests that they are not mature, unsuitable, and unable to manage their affairs.

He argues that some of these younger students are meant to remain in the controlled spaces of their parents rather than in the vibrant university environment. These arguments are fallacious.

The Academic Staff Union of Universities lends its support to the age benchmark. The President of ASUU, Emmanuel Osodeke, describes it as a welcome development and wants regulators to implement existing laws to enforce the age limit. This is overregulation. The position contradicts ASUUโ€™s consistent activism for university autonomy as the age benchmark should be firmly within the purview of each university.


There is no guarantee that the policy will succeed. In Nigeria, parents will devise unwholesome means to circumvent it, as they are doing with the age policy to enter Federal Government Colleges.

The proposed policy can exclude younger, brilliant, and self-motivated students from admission into the universities of their choice.

In a digitalised world, the policy would drag Nigeria backward. Universities compete for the best in their admissions process. At inception, the Obafemi Awolowo University, in its wisdom, prescribed no age limit. There is nothing wrong with this.

For his brilliant performance, Oluwafemi Ositade, 17, a student at a secondary school in Ota, Ogun State, has just earned a Harvard University and 17 other Ivy League scholarships in the United States, Canada, and Qatar, amounting to $3.5 million. If the policy is implemented, that means Ositade would miss the golden chance. This is not logical.

One of the ills bedevilling tertiary education in Nigeria is the lack of autonomy. It is part of Nigeriaโ€™s flawed federalism in which the centre controls the affairs of the federating units in a master-servant relationship. Consequently, the Federal Government and the National Universities Commission render the authorities of universities redundant. This is ridiculous.

Therefore, rather than micro-managing tertiary institutions, the Federal Government should allow individual universities to determine the minimum age limit of their students.

In the United Kingdom, each university oversees its admissions. Swansea, Southampton, and Cardiff universities admit at age 16; Kent pegs it at 17 years. While the Open University admits at 16 years or lower, Cambridge prescribes an age of 18 for some courses, including medicine. Therefore, Mamman should face the real problems affecting education in Nigeria, especially the 20.2 million out-of-school children figure.

The tertiary institutions are bogged by shabby infrastructure and poor funding; in a dynamic world, their curricula are obsolete.There is a lecturer shortfall.

Nigeriaโ€™s universities rank low globally. In the 2023 Webometric ranking, the University of Ibadan, which ranked first in Nigeria, is 14th in sub-Saharan Africa, 21st in Africa, and 1,138th in the world. Cairo University (521) and the University of Cape Town (237) fare better on the impact, openness, and excellence criteria.

Despite the prevalence of incessant strikes and university closures, younger graduates have ample leverage in the labour market.


The Federal Government should look within. It creates problems by establishing more universities when it cannot adequately fund the existing ones. With better funding, the institutions will thrive. This deserves priority.

So, the age limit requirement is a chasing after the shadows, it must be dropped.


https://punchng.com/age-limit-for-varsity-admissions-backward/

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Re: Age Limit For Varsity Admissions Backward - Punch Editorial Board by FreeStuffsNG: 8:05pm On Apr 27
Hmmm.

The Executive Secretary of JAMB, Prof. Ishaq Oloyede ,sometime last year or 2022 , while addressing a National Assembly committee sitting on this issue, expressly stated that the law that sets up JAMB does not give it the authority to fix admission age or set age limit for universities so the JAMB spokesperson, Dr Fabian, is out of line with this position of Prof Ishaq Oloyede on JAMB law and the limit of its power.

Even if FG wants to experiment with a new age limit, I do not think it should be immediately implemented because the candidates have sat for the exam and chosen their preferred university based on the age limit set by their university of choice. Also, it can't be done without encroaching on the autonomy of the universities. This Punch editorial is raising vital points that make such idea a misplaced priority so it's necessary for FG to drop the idea and let the university fix its own age limit but shouldn't be less than 16 years.

I am a bit confused by the conflicting signals that the current Minister, who as VC, of Baze university, was running a 5 year law program for 3 years until Nigerian Legal Council suspended Baze university from admitting fresh law students, is now the one championing an age limit situation where students who finish high school at 16 years will stay at home for two years before being eligible to sit for JAMB and earn a placement in Nigerian universities.

16 as minimum age for university admission should remain. If 18 will be considered, it should not be immediately implemented, it should be at the behest of the universities and backed by law. As at now, age limit for admission is not even a problem for the universities. This Punch report really makes sense to me.
May God bless Nigeria for ever! Check my signature for free stuffs!

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Re: Age Limit For Varsity Admissions Backward - Punch Editorial Board by Seunpapa65: 8:08pm On Apr 27
Hmm
Re: Age Limit For Varsity Admissions Backward - Punch Editorial Board by LibertyRep: 8:11pm On Apr 27
16 - 17 is fair.
This has to be regulated somehow.
We can pretend not to see that parents rush their wards through primary and secondary schools, using any means possible

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Re: Age Limit For Varsity Admissions Backward - Punch Editorial Board by TemplarLandry: 8:11pm On Apr 27
Backward and babaric policy.

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Re: Age Limit For Varsity Admissions Backward - Punch Editorial Board by JASONjnr(m): 8:12pm On Apr 27
This has always been in existence. But was only affecting the poor.

While the rich either make away through it or send their kids to private varsities.

The govt should tell us the changes this will make?

Holding back the poor kids to stay home and get old while the dummy rich kids scale through with private varsity.

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Re: Age Limit For Varsity Admissions Backward - Punch Editorial Board by Cindypresh(f): 8:48pm On Apr 27
Tell them oo

Later corporate offices will start looking for a 24yrs old graduate with 100yrs work experience.

Akuko ndi ara

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Re: Age Limit For Varsity Admissions Backward - Punch Editorial Board by PressMyButton: 9:12pm On Apr 27
Even abroad there's age limit, oversabi dey worry nigerians. Let kids be kids and stop pushing unneccessary pressures on them. Varsity is for adults not kids.

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Re: Age Limit For Varsity Admissions Backward - Punch Editorial Board by Eshera: 9:28pm On Apr 27
Very outdated

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Re: Age Limit For Varsity Admissions Backward - Punch Editorial Board by Angelfrost(m): 9:28pm On Apr 27
Highly backward and stupid.

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Re: Age Limit For Varsity Admissions Backward - Punch Editorial Board by Ekakamba: 9:31pm On Apr 27



Progress in this country will occur when we comprehend our unique characteristics and cease futile comparisons with more advanced societies.

undecided

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Re: Age Limit For Varsity Admissions Backward - Punch Editorial Board by mrvitalis(m): 9:33pm On Apr 27
LibertyRep:
16 - 17 is fair.
This has to be regulated somehow.
We can pretend not to see that parents rush their wards through primary and secondary schools, using any means possible
Abroad smart people can be graduate by 16
People get PhD at 18

The law should simply be that if you are below 18 you can only go to university within 10km of your guidan or parents

If you can pass weac at 5 years nothing stops you from going to university

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Re: Age Limit For Varsity Admissions Backward - Punch Editorial Board by TOPCRUISE(m): 9:35pm On Apr 27
It is because their children are not schooled in Nigeria that they begin to talk and propose nonsense.
While they are using their under 18 children as a yardstick in measuring brilliance they all hide them abroad and begin to talk rubbish

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Re: Age Limit For Varsity Admissions Backward - Punch Editorial Board by rezzy: 9:36pm On Apr 27
16 years is okay which one is 18 years again?

Abeg, Education minister can you just rest?

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Re: Age Limit For Varsity Admissions Backward - Punch Editorial Board by mrvitalis(m): 9:36pm On Apr 27
This is very very primitive thinking
Abroad people finish secondary school and high school

Which means they finished secondary school work, went to university and finished before their set graduation

Less than 0.000001 percentage of the world change the world... Why would u want to limit them

What then is the function of our national school of the gifted?

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Re: Age Limit For Varsity Admissions Backward - Punch Editorial Board by Trojan8(m): 9:37pm On Apr 27
mrvitalis:

Abroad smart people can be graduate by 16
People get PhD at 18

The law should simply be that if you are below 18 you can only go to university within 10km of your guidan or parents

If you can pass weac at 5 years nothing stops you from going to university

Those are exceptional cases. If a child is a genius, it's totally fine to bend rules for them. Afterall, they would most likely live a life that's different from the average kid.

For your everyday kids, a 16 year old in most cases is not matured enough to navigate the complexity of an environment outside the control of their parents. That's why we have a lot of depressed people these days because they are asked to do what have not yet developed to do.

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Re: Age Limit For Varsity Admissions Backward - Punch Editorial Board by mrvitalis(m): 9:38pm On Apr 27
Trojan8:


Those are exceptional cases. If a child is a genius, it's totally fine to bend rules for them. Afterall, they would most likely live a life that's different from the average kid.

For your everyday kids, a 16 year old in most cases is not matured enough to navigate the complexity of an environment outside the control of their parents. That's why we have a lot of depressed people these days because they are asked to do what have not yet developed to do.
Exactly that why there should be no limit

If u want to put limit put limit in primary school

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Re: Age Limit For Varsity Admissions Backward - Punch Editorial Board by farouk2much(m): 9:39pm On Apr 27
I salute naija poor children will not see education again

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Re: Age Limit For Varsity Admissions Backward - Punch Editorial Board by kingsways: 9:39pm On Apr 27
I am happy for this editorial and


I really hope right thinking Nigerians will not sit by and watch an incompetent Minister of Education set the entire country backwards

This is 21st century and age should not be a factor to determine who goes to the university

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Re: Age Limit For Varsity Admissions Backward - Punch Editorial Board by 2023Blessed: 9:39pm On Apr 27
ogascomax:


You will never know how it affected you. You are just being sentimental here. Even in developed societies children are not rushed over there. It's the same system of education but short cut has always be our problem here.

chukwuma234:
Ignorant statement. So the countries you want to emulate (US, UK etc) that mandates you must be 18 before tertiary.education are idiots right?

I deliberately quoted you two from the previous thread.
Come and defend your fallacy that UK, US and "developed societies" peg entry into university at 18.

Backward people, backward leaders, backward country.

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Re: Age Limit For Varsity Admissions Backward - Punch Editorial Board by WeLive: 9:43pm On Apr 27
Not backward

In some developed countries, there are minimum fixed age to enter Primary and secondary schools.
For example, you cannot start primary 1 unless you are 5 years. Then you cannot start secondary school unless you are 11

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Re: Age Limit For Varsity Admissions Backward - Punch Editorial Board by babat001: 9:45pm On Apr 27
Go FPN ( Federal poly Nasarawa) u will see kids that were supposed to be under parental control dressing half naked and doing so Wild stuff all in d name of freedom called " am in school" I think d age control is a good development
FreeStuffsNG:
Age limit for varsity admissions backward






https://punchng.com/age-limit-for-varsity-admissions-backward/


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Re: Age Limit For Varsity Admissions Backward - Punch Editorial Board by Tsadu01(m): 9:45pm On Apr 27
Age limit a very good idea.. parent jss1 and 2 junior weac. Ss1 and 2 senior weac. Pry 1-4 common entrance. Within 8yrs. Pry and sec is over. A child of 13 already in university.

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Re: Age Limit For Varsity Admissions Backward - Punch Editorial Board by Risingblue008(m): 9:46pm On Apr 27
To me
Thats not a bad suggestion
REZN
Allow babies get in2 higher institution seems to be bad
Its just like letting ur child to face the world on hes or her own at still a tender age
2)there are not physically and mentally matured to tackle peers issues and pressure like drug,cultism,hookups and hookdown
3)being in skool @ early age
Leacturers uses it as an advantage to suppress u based on age and at this moment u r left under the armpitof the leacture(i see wen leaxture dey flogg uni-student)i was like my time for ekpoma,u no fit think of am not to excute sure, but had it been na matured men gain admin
D leacturer seeing ir face full of beards go get limits towards u
And so on
E many and e good Make pikin balance for brain and mind b4 going tru the skool and d skool will go tru him/her too

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Re: Age Limit For Varsity Admissions Backward - Punch Editorial Board by tnerro1(m): 9:48pm On Apr 27
Itโ€™s ok for a 14 year old girl to get married in the north, but it is not ok for a 18 year old person from the south to go to university.

No be juju be that

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Re: Age Limit For Varsity Admissions Backward - Punch Editorial Board by 2023Blessed: 9:49pm On Apr 27
Trojan8:


Those are exceptional cases. If a child is a genius, it's totally fine to bend rules for them. Afterall, they would most likely live a life that's different from the average kid.

For your everyday kids, a 16 year old in most cases is not matured enough to navigate the complexity of an environment outside the control of their parents. That's why we have a lot of depressed people these days because they are asked to do what have not yet developed to do.
Rubbish talk. I graduated from the University at 18 and I am not a genius in anyway. You backward people with backward mentality should stop limiting the potentials of our children.

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Re: Age Limit For Varsity Admissions Backward - Punch Editorial Board by verifiablefacts: 9:50pm On Apr 27
It's also about time to extend the lifespan of Jamb results to two years or more.

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Re: Age Limit For Varsity Admissions Backward - Punch Editorial Board by WeLive: 9:51pm On Apr 27
mrvitalis:

Abroad smart people can be graduate by 16
People get PhD at 18

The law should simply be that if you are below 18 you can only go to university within 10km of your guidan or parents

If you can pass weac at 5 years nothing stops you from going to university
Which abroad? do not use one country that allows such freedom to generalize as abroad
Re: Age Limit For Varsity Admissions Backward - Punch Editorial Board by mrvitalis(m): 9:53pm On Apr 27
WeLive:

Which abroad? do not use one country that allows such freedom to generalize as abroad
Every advanced country has no limit to get admired into the university

These are one of the reasons igbos want to be independent

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Re: Age Limit For Varsity Admissions Backward - Punch Editorial Board by LordIsaac(m): 9:57pm On Apr 27
WeLive:
Not backward

In some developed countries, there are minimum fixed age to enter Primary and secondary schools.
For example, you cannot start primary 1 unless you are 5 years. Then you cannot start secondary school unless you are 11

Exactly

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Re: Age Limit For Varsity Admissions Backward - Punch Editorial Board by WeLive: 9:58pm On Apr 27
mrvitalis:

Every advanced country has no limit to get admired into the university

These are one of the reasons igbos want to be independent
grin shocked

Do not expose yourself and possible low IQ by writing trash you are not sure of with confidence

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