Adebayo Adenrele

The University of Ibadan has vowed to offer admission to students who scored less than 200 marks in the recently concluded Unified Tertiary Matriculation Examination (UTME).

In a Press Conference held in the University on Tuesday, the Director of the UI Distance Learning Centre, Prof. Emmanuel Omobowale, stated that students with low marks in the last UTME and those who did not sit the last UTME could be admitted to the university via its Open Distance e-Learning programme, saying the opportunities to get the same degrees as others were now available.

The Director said “prospective students would need to register with JAMB and sit an examination for the school, after which they would be issued the same certificates as the university and be mobilised for the National Youth Service Corps like their colleagues who were admitted for the regular programmes of the university.”

He noted the only requirement they must meet was to pass relevant subjects at the O’Level, adding that the UIODeL was put together to give opportunities to thousands of qualified students who are denied admissions each year because of a lack of space in Universities.

Omobowale also added that “the university could admit 100,000 students and even more through the programme, which he said would not be affected by frequent strikes by the Academic Staff Union of Universities.”

According to him, he described the special link of admission into the Institution as an innovative way of increasing the number of students who secure admission under the leadership of its Vice Chancellor, Prof. Kayode Adebowale, which will lessen the problem of low carrying capacity universities.

However, he noted that the admission requirement is the same standard as the conventional mode, and as designated on the university’s website.