The Federal University of Agriculture, Abeokuta (FUNAAB), has introduced a new dimension into the just-concluded Post University Tertiary Matriculation Examination (UTME). The innovation, covers the writing of the examination in one day and an essay submitted by each prospective student, making it the first University in Nigeria to introduce essay writing as part of requirements for admission.

Fielding questions from journalists during the tour of the test centres, the Vice-Chancellor, Professor Olusola Oyewole, stated that the University’s level of preparedness regarding facilities and venues was far higher than average. He noted that the University had a carrying capacity of 3,500 fresh students, adding that almost 7,000 students were shortlisted for the examination from over 31,000 that applied to the University.

Professor Oyewole added that the main reason for the essay writing was to understand why the prospective students wanted to attend the University and also to help them to have a clear vision of what they hoped to actualise when eventually admitted.

The Vice-Chancellor noted that although the opportunity to get hostel accommodation was highly competitive, he promised that a reasonable percentage would be given to fresh students, as he assured the parents that the off-campus accommodation was also safe, as the University maintained cordial relationship with the landlords of students.

Corroborating the Vice-Chancellor, the Deputy Vice-Chancellor, Academic, Professor Adekojo Waheed, said the University had introduced the novel idea to improve on what was on ground before. He stated that, “In FUNAAB, we are very pro-active”, adding that the University is assured of 100 per cent success. The whole essence is to attract quality students and to produce good products. To get good products, there must be good raw materials”, he noted.

Professor Waheed stated that FUNAAB was the first University in Nigeria to introduce essay writing as part of requirements for admission. Earlier, the Acting Head of the Information and Communication Technology Resource Centre (ICTREC), Dr. Olutayo Ajayi, disclosed that the University secured 700 functional computer systems for the examination, adding that three additional servers were provided to forestall any inter-connectivity problems during the examination.

According to him, “the systems were configured with the software for the e-examination and to tackle the challenge of electricity, the test centres were put on dedicated power generating sets, while backup power sources were put in place as alternative measures”.

Meanwhile, the results of the Post-UTME test have since been released.

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