Candidates rush to beat admission deadline at LASU
Candidates offered provisional admission for the 2017/2018 academic session at the Lagos State University, Ojo are currently in a rush to beat the January deadline for extension of registration and central screening exercise at the institution.
When our correspondent visited the university on Monday, some of the newly admitted students were seen hurrying, with folders containing their credentials, to the MBA Building, venue of the screening exercise, and other points on campus. Officials at the venue told our correspondent that some of them had arrived for the exercise as early as 7.45am.
About 2,000 out of the 3,500 newly admitted students, it was gathered, have presented themselves for the screening since the deadline for screening was announced. Asked why they delayed in registering, most of them blamed the increase in the acceptance fee and the poor understanding of the new Joint Admission and Matriculation Board Central Admission Processing System.
The university recently increased the acceptance fee payable by the new students from N10,000 to N20,000, while its tuition fee remains at N25,000.
One of the new students, Ayoola Olumegbon, who was admitted into the Faculty of Arts, said, “I would have been here earlier for the screening, but my parents just gave me money to pay the acceptance fee. It was increased suddenly and they had to add to the money they gave me before.”
Another student, whose name is Adebimpe, had JAMB’s new admissions policy to blame. She said, “The JAMB new policy actually confused me. I got a message on my telephone saying that another university had admitted me, while the LASU admission was already there. We were confused and did not know what to do until we got here.”
The spokesperson of the university, Mr Ademola Adekoya, said that over 60 per cent of the students have been screened.
He explained that efforts were ongoing to resolve the challenges encountered by some of the students.
Martins said that the screening of new students, which started on January 2, would end on Jan. 15, adding that LASU offered 3,500 students provisional admission for the 2017/2018 academic session.
He said, “The turnout has been very impressive and they are likely to finish even before the deadline. Before the week runs out, we hope to complete screening exercise.”