Many parents and candidates seeking admission to universities for the 2022/2023 academic session have shifted their interest to private universities.
The survey in Abia shows that private universities have become viable alternatives due to the persistent strike by professors in public universities.
The National Teacher Action, under the Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU), has paralyzed academic activities in all federal universities across the country since February 14.
This unfortunate development, which has become permanent in the country, seems to have betrayed the population’s confidence in public universities.
Worried about the scenario, many admission seekers in the country, aided by their parents and guardians, are now resorting to private universities.
At Madonna University, Okija at Anambra, the Public Relations Officer, Mr. Emeka Okpara said that most of the courses offered at the institution’s Elele and Okija campuses were fully subscribed in the academic session which just took place. end.
According to Opara, since JAMB released the 2022 results, many people have called to inquire about our admission requirements.
A professor at the university, who requested anonymity, said the school had already exceeded its quota in some courses.
He said the institution is currently at risk of being sanctioned by the National Universities Commission (NUC).
At Tansian University, Umunya in Anambra, an admissions department staff member said that the university is already experiencing an increase in the number of admission seekers.
“We have had a good number of student enrollments since the university was established about 15 years ago.
“However, the level of registration has increased in the last year,” he said on condition of anonymity.
He attributed the development to ongoing industrial action by ASUU, in addition to the institution’s “excellent academic performance”.
Mr Lawrence Nwaimo, who is seeking admission to Paul University, Awka, said the school has commenced admission for the 2022/2023 academic session.
Nwaimo said many applicants find it difficult to gain admission due to the limited chances in the institution.
“I’ve been going to college for the past week and I usually meet a crowd of people at the admissions office every time I come,” he said.
In Ebonyi, Evangel University Public Relations Officer Dr. Thenz Nwali said the incessant strikes by ASUU and the Non-Academic Staff Union at public universities have led to more students demanding the admission to the institution.
An official from the university’s admissions department also said on condition of anonymity that many applicants come to the institution to apply for admission.
He said, “Relentless strikes at public universities have increased student enrollment in our school.
“Even applicants who did not have our institution as a first or second choice seek admission here.”
In Abia, the Vice Chancellor of Clifford University said that the 2021/2022 academic session has just ended and registration for the 2022/2023 session has not yet started.
“We will start enrolling new students in October.
“That’s when we’ll start to see the impact of the strike whether there’s an improvement or not,” the VC said.
“So at this time we don’t know what impact the strike will have on student enrollment,” Omeonu said.
He further stated that the statistics available on previous registrations did not show any increase as a result of the ASUU strikes.
In addition, Prof Ambrose Ugbogu, Vice Chancellor of All Saints Theological College and Seminary, said enrollment statistics for the university showed no increase in the past six months.
Ugbogu said fees charged by private universities could be one of the factors discouraging students from switching from public to private universities.
“Also, those who were already admitted to public universities would not want to give up their admission,” he said.
He admitted, however, that some undergraduates and parents may begin to consider switching institutions if the strike drags on into the start of the 2022/2023 academic term.
The Principal Deputy Registrar/Head, Media and Public Relations, Gregory University, Uturu, Mr. Sleek Ogwo said that it would be difficult to give enrollment statistics, as the admission for 2022/2023 had not started.
Ogwo said the university has just completed its 2021/2022 session and will begin the admissions process soon.
“We can only determine if there is an increase in enrollment from our previous highs around October, when we should end admissions,” he said.
A relative, who identified herself as Ms. Gloria Duru, said she lost interest in public universities due to the continued disruption of university operations due to labor disputes between ASUU and the federal government. Duru said private universities had provided an alternative, provided they had the financial means.
She said she managed to get two of her children admitted to both Cliford University and Gregory University in Uturu.
In Imo, the Rev. Emeka Iheme, a senior lecturer in the Department of Philosophy at the Claretian University of Nigeria, Nekede, near Owerri, said the institution expected to more than double the number of students admitted in the last session.
Iheme said the university admitted at least 71 students in their first academic session in 2021 when the institution was established.
He said at least 300 prospective students have so far registered for the next session which was due to start in October.
He argued that the ASUU strike could be a factor since parents and guardians were confident that their children and wards would graduate in record time from private universities.
He further opined that the increase in university enrollment could be attributed to the introduction of new courses which are expected to start next term, following their accreditation by the NUC.