Despite huge emphasis on diversification of the nation’s economy with Agricultural sector as the spine, the sector has become unattractive to majority of Nigerian students.
Application statistics released by the Joint Admissions and Matriculation Board, JAMB, for admission in 2019/2020 session showed that only 32,729 of the 1,868,843 candidates who registered for the 2019 Unified Tertiary Matriculation Examination, UTME, applied to study Agriculture at degree level.
The statistics contained in the JAMB Weekly Bulletin released by its Head of Public Affairs, Dr. Fabian Benjamin, over the weekend, also showed that only 2,303 candidates applied to study Agriculture at National Diploma, ND, level.
Nigeria has no fewer than three specialised public Universities of Agriculture and Agricultural Faculties in several universities across the country, as well as a host of Colleges of Agriculture scattered across the nation.
The exam body did not however say if the seemingly low subscription will impact on the admission quota or carrying capacity of the institutions.
Meanwhile, no fewer than 435,897 candidates have applied for admission to study medical, pharmaceutical or health sciences at degree level in the 2019/2020 academic session.
According to JAMB, social sciences followed with a total of 376,388 candidates while sciences were next with a total of 280,780, ahead of engineering and technology with 208,932 candidates.
The Board further noted that the arts and humanities faculties followed with 108,809 candidates, while engineering and technology remain most unattractive to female students with only 20,256 female applications out of the total 208,932 candidates.
Applications for law or legal studies were 102,961 with female students having the highest population of candidates with 58,093.
Candidates who applied for ND in social sciences were 19,283, followed by Engineering and Technology with 11, 214 candidates ahead of health with 7,038 while sciences and Agriculture trailed with 3,767 and 2,303 candidates respectively.
Similarly, 23,457 candidates applied for Arts in colleges of education while 10684 candidates applied for Sciences in the colleges.