For many students given admissions to study courses of their choice at the University of Nigeria (UNN) at the outset of 2019/2020 academic session, being asked to change to other courses when they have already started lectures in the courses they were earlier admitted for came with a myriad of pains.
“We are talking about suicide. My sister is currently battling depression. This has caused a trauma in my family- my mum, myself, everyone is depressed,” a sibling of one of the students being forced to change her course of study from law to political science at UNN told The Guardian.
“I do not know what we are to do next but this is just unfair.”
Located at the heart of Enugu State, UNN is arguably one of Nigeria’s most prestigious institutions having produced great nationalists like Charles Chukwuma Soludo, Patrick Utomi, current Central Bank of Nigeria governor Godwin Emefiele and others.
Based on its rich history and pedigree in the league of tertiary institutions in Nigeria and Africa, it is the dream of many young Nigerians to be educated at the school. This, may not be the same for some students who got admitted into UNN at the beginning of the 2019/2020 session to study their dream courses before their current nightmare surfaced.
After three months of academic activities in their preferred course of study, medicine/surgery, pharmacy, law and nursing students began receiving text messages on their phones from the Joint Admission Matriculations Board (JAMB) on April 1 to change their courses.
One of text messages from JAMB read, “Dear, (students name withheld), University of Nigeria (UNN), Enugu State, want to transfer you from law to political science please visit www.jamb.or.ng/eFacility/login to download the CAPS Mobile app, to either accept/reject the program transfer order.”
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