Members of the Screening Panel taking the roll call of candidates during the exercise
A total of 3,009 candidates offered provisional admission into the University of Agriculture, Abeokuta, for the 2010/2011 Academic Session have been invited for further screening to determine their eligibility.
The Screening Committee Chairman, Professor Chryss Onwuka, said the exercise which has become a norm with the University is essential to assess the suitability and character traits of the prospective candidates.
Prof. Onwuka disclosed that irrespective of the candidates’ performances during the Unified Tertiary Matriculation Examination and the Post-UTME screening, the University would not engage in a ‘blind admission’, without properly ensuring that students eventually offered full admission, actually qualified in all ramifications.
Prof. Onwuka pointed out that the rationale behind the screening was “to be able to interact with the candidates in order to have the right calibre of students we want in the University”.
The Screening Committee Chairman said seven Centres were designated for the exercise, with each having a panel, comprising of guidance counsellors, external University administrators and security officers drawn from the Police, National Drug Law Enforcement Agency (NDLEA), among others.
The exercise which lasted seven days was critical in determining the genuineness of credentials and other documentations earlier attested to by the prospective candidates, in other to guard against forged documents.
Prof. Onwuka said, “there must be evidence of decency in dressing and presentation. We want to ensure that O/Level papers are not tampered with. We want to ensure that their acclaimed scores or result which they gave on the internet conform to what is reflected in their credentials”.
According to him, the criteria for clearance is scoring 180 and above in JAMB and not less than 40 in the composite score derived from UTME, Post-UTME as well as possessing the required grades in the Ordinary Level examination.
He said the Committee also considered some personality attributes as well as evidence of payment of offer of admission and ICT training fees, for the fresh students.