Wednesday, November 27, 2013

Nigerian University Strike Increases Enrollment For Private Institutions

‘Strike increases private varsities’ intake’

By Medinat Kanabe
Nigerian Nation

The continued strike of the Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU) has opened a wider window of swelled intake for private universities in Nigeria.

A great number of students who gained admission into federal and state universities have switched to private universities.

During the matriculation of Babcock University in Ilisan-Remo, Ogun State, The Nation gathered that some of its students had gained admission into other universities and were waiting for the strike end.

But since this did not materialise early, they opted for Babcock University.

Ademokoya Tosin, of the Department of Accounting at the university said she gained admission into the University of Lagos (UNILAG) and was waiting for the strike to be called off. But when it was evident that the year might run out with the schools remaining shut, she switched to Babcock.

Another student, Orukoto Omawunmi, of the Department of Economics and Banking, said she came to Babcock when ASUU refused to call off strike.

Orukoto said: “I decided to come to Babcock and write the post-UTME (Unified Tertiary Matriculation Examination). When I passed it, I didn’t look back on the admission I had gained into UNILAG because with the strike, I was not sure of when I would graduate if I stuck to UNILAG.”

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