Overhauling assessment instruments for graduate admission into Nigerian universities

Overhauling assessment instruments for graduate admission into Nigerian universities

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Overhauling assessment instruments for graduate admission into Nigerian universities

Decisions in life are always premised on available information undermining the authenticity of such information ,assessment happens to be the main fulcrum on which most educational decisions are based, in Nigeria decision on who secured admission to tertiary institution is hinged mainly on the outcome of candidates performance at University Matriculation Tertiary Examination conducted by Joint Admission and Matriculation Board (JAMB) while individual Tertiary Institution conducts post University Matriculation Tertiary Examination to determine the candidates’ eligibility for a space in a Nigerian university. The credibility of these two entrance assessment and the performance of students in tertiary institutions are subject of contention, it is in this regard ,that selected first year students performances in Micheal Okpara University of Agriculture Umundike (MOUAU) Abia state of Nigeria were correlated with the performances at the matriculation examination conducted by Joint Admission and Matriculation Board .Students were selected across the schools in the university, Pearson Product Correlation Coefficient and carried out show a moderate positive correlation between JAMB scores and university first year scores, while R square is 47 percent on regression analysis . the result shows that the present process of admission in Nigeria needs to be overhauled ,it is therefore suggested that while post UTME should be phased out ,JAMB subjects combination should be reviewed, the subject content should be in tandem which the proposed course of study ,the multiple choices options should be harmonised among the public examinations in Nigeria ,unified entrance examination should be dropped for separate exams for university and polytechnic .This paper looks at the university admission process, extraneous factors affecting students performance ,challenges of subject combination, correlate JAMB score with first year grade in the university, concept of decision making ,the challenges confronting assessment, and advanced solutions to assessment process into Nigeria universities .
Keywords: admission, assessment, decision, grade and, matriculation,

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