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NANS Urges NUC To Monitor Admission Quota Of Professional Courses

ABUJA – The National Association of Nigerian Students (NANS) has urged the National Universities Commission (NUC) to regulate and monitor admission quota for professional courses in universities across the country.

This followed a meeting with the leadership of the Medical Laboratory Science Council of Nigeria (MLSCN) represented by the Registrar Prof. Tosan Erhabor by NANS Senate President Comr. Akinteye Babatunde Afeez yesterday.

The meeting highlighted the issue of indexing using the situation at Ambrose Alli University (AAU) Ekpoma as a case study.

The council clarified that the backlog in indexing is primarily due to some institutions admitting more students than the quota allocated by the council.

However, a statement by Afeez urged NUC to take immediate and decisive action to ensure that universities adhere strictly to the admission quota set by professional bodies, adding that it is imperative that the quota is respected to prevent the oversaturation of students in programmes that cannot support their professional development and licensing.

“It is alarming that certain university administrations admit more students than they can adequately train, fully aware that these students will not be able to obtain the necessary licences to practise upon graduation. This malpractice has created a dire situation where many students, particularly those in Medical Laboratory Science (MLS) programmes, have been left in limbo. Some MLS graduates have been unable to write their professional exams or gain indexing, despite having completed their studies as far back as seven years ago.

“We demand that university managements comply with these quotas and prioritize the welfare and future of their students by ensuring they are only admitted into programs that can adequately support their training and professional licensing.

The plight of MLS students across the country is a stark example of the consequences of ignoring professional admission quotas. These students have been unfairly treated and their futures jeopardized by the very institutions that were supposed to guide them towards successful careers,” NANS said.

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