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Monday, June 26, 2023

452,443 UTME Candidates Compete for 78,578 Medical Degree

  Bilal Abdullahi       Monday, June 26, 2023

Data recently released by the Joint Admissions and Matriculation Board (JAMB) for the 2023 Unified Tertiary Matriculation Examination has revealed a significant trend among Nigerian students. Medicine emerged as the most sought-after course of study, with the highest percentage of candidates selecting it as their first-choice option for university admission.

Out of the total number of candidates who applied for the examination, a staggering 452,443 individuals expressed their interest in pursuing a medical degree. However, the available MBBS admission slots in Nigerian universities amount to only 78,578, creating a significant mismatch between demand and supply in this field.

The statistics further unveil the preferences of candidates in other disciplines. Social science courses attracted 239,018 applicants, while there are only 97,744 vacancies available. Similarly, 227,453 candidates expressed interest in science-related courses, but there are only 141,397 slots available for them.

Engineering courses received a massive response, with 163,123 candidates vying for the available 68,896 vacancies. Administrative courses witnessed 117,792 applicants, but there are only 38,725 spaces open for them. For arts and humanities, 85,264 candidates will be competing for 52,221 available slots, according to JAMB.

On the other hand, education-related courses and agricultural programs did not attract sufficient applicants. Only 52,702 candidates expressed interest in education-related courses, despite a significant vacancy of 111,176. Similarly, agriculture-related courses received only 20,133 applications, while there are 30,536 vacancies.

Experts and education stakeholders have expressed their concerns about the overwhelming preference for certain courses and the imbalance it creates in the job market. Ayodamola Oluwatoyin, the Programme Director of Reform Education Nigeria, emphasized the need for proper sensitization of students at the secondary school level. Oluwatoyin argued that success in the modern age is not solely dependent on specific career paths but on acquiring skills across various fields, including technology.

Another factor influencing the students' course choices is the perceived job prospects and financial rewards associated with particular professions. Alabi Taiwo, a teacher at Greater Tomorrow Academy in Abuja, explained that parents often play a significant role in deciding their children's career paths. Taiwo also highlighted the influence of the reward system, where certain professions are believed to offer higher income potential, leading many students to choose similar paths.

To address the issue, stakeholders suggest the government should invest in all sectors and ensure job opportunities are evenly distributed. This would help change the perception that certain fields have limited prospects and encourage candidates to explore a broader range of courses.

The statistics from the 2023 UTME clearly highlight the need for a comprehensive approach to career guidance and a more balanced distribution of job opportunities. By promoting diverse career options and providing adequate support for education and agricultural sectors, Nigeria can create a more inclusive and thriving job market for its future workforce.


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