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ASUU Backs FG On 18 Years University Admission Age

He also attributed some of the challenges in higher institutions to underage students.

By Karo Oghenetega

The Minister of Education, Prof. Tahir Mamman, announced on Monday that the Federal Government is contemplating setting the entry age for admission into universities and other tertiary institutions of learning at 18 years.

He also attributed some of the challenges in higher institutions to underage students.

Prof. Emmanuel Osodeke, the President of the Academic Staff Union of Universities, hailed the Federal Government’s proposal as a positive step.

“We are in full support. It is the right thing. What the minister said is the correct thing,” ASUU President told our correspondent in an interview.

He added, “The issue of age benchmark is not a new thing. It’s just that regulators have not been doing their work.

“In those days, you could not go to primary school if you were not six years old. Then you spend six years and finish at age 12; and then  by the time you get to secondary school you spend six years and then you graduate by 18,” Oshodeke explained.

Most tertiary institutions in the country currently adhere to a standard admission age of 16 years, unless a candidate is recognized as gifted.

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