Equitable distribution of admission into tertiary institutions in Nigeria: a panacea for unity in diversity and nation building

Equitable distribution of admission into tertiary institutions in Nigeria: a panacea for unity in diversity and nation building

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Equitable distribution of admission into tertiary institutions in Nigeria: a panacea for unity in diversity and nation building

In 1914, the colonialist amalgamated the Northern and Southern Protectorates of Nigeria thereby collapsing into one country, over two hundred and fifty (250) ethnic groups which had hitherto lived as autonomous nations with different and uneven levels of development, especially as it concerned western education that would later become the core pedestal on which individual life aspirations and the nation’,s development and opportunities would be based. In recognition of the need to pursue nation building founded on the motto of Nigeria, Unity and Faith, Peace and Progress, the Joint Admissions and Matriculation Board was set up to, among other functions, ensure equitable distribution of admission places into tertiary institutions in Nigeria as a major panacea for the Nation’,s unity in diversity and development. The Board has carried out this function for over thirty (30) years. This paper examines the efforts of the Joint Admissions and Matriculation Board at providing and ensuring equitable opportunity of access to tertiary institutions in Nigeria for suitably qualified candidates. The paper also examines the strength, weakness, opportunity and threat of the state policy on admission with particular focus on equity.

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