Abdulmumini Ibrahim Registrar condemns medical institutions for exceeding admission quota

The registrar attributed the rate of unemployed medical and dental graduates in the country to over admission by the institutions.

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L - R: Outgoing Registrar, Dental Therapists Registration Board of Nigeria, Mrs Aramide Keshinro; Category Manager, Oral Care, Unilever Nigeria PLC, Bunmi Adeniba; Vice President, Brand Building, Unilever Nigeria Plc, Robbert-de Vreede; President, Nigerian Dental Association Of Nigeria, Dr Bode Ijarogbe;  during Pepsodent World Oral Health Day Media Briefing in Partnership with Nigerian Dental Association at the Protea Hotel, Ikeja on Thursday March 3, 2016. play

L - R: Outgoing Registrar, Dental Therapists Registration Board of Nigeria, Mrs Aramide Keshinro; Category Manager, Oral Care, Unilever Nigeria PLC, Bunmi Adeniba; Vice President, Brand Building, Unilever Nigeria Plc, Robbert-de Vreede; President, Nigerian Dental Association Of Nigeria, Dr Bode Ijarogbe;  during Pepsodent World Oral Health Day Media Briefing in Partnership with Nigerian Dental Association at the Protea Hotel, Ikeja on Thursday March 3, 2016.

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The Medical and Dental Council of Nigeria (MDCN) on Thursday criticised some accredited medical and dental training institutions for exceeding their allotted admission quota.

Dr Abdulmumini Ibrahim, the Registrar of the council, told the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) in Abuja that the admission quota ranged between 50 and 180 students annually.

Ibrahim explained that based on the stipulated guidelines by the council, every accredited school had a specified number of students they could admit annually.

However, he attributed the rate of unemployed medical and dental graduates in the country to over admission by the institutions.

The registrar explained that a lot of these institutions violated the standard and enrolled above the stipulated number thereby choking the country with unemployed medical and dental graduates.

He explained that MDCN had the mandate to set guidelines for accreditation of any approved university by the National University Commission (NUC) to run medicine and dentistry.

According to him, there are four stages of accreditation before such university was accredited by the council, adding that the modalities are based on infrastructure on ground, resource and personnel, among others.

“When you over-admit students, you over-graduate and at the end of the day such schools graduate more than the number giving to them.

“The implication of over-admission is that the students are not likely to be trained properly the way it is supposed to be because the school authorities are overstretching the facilities on ground.

“They may not have enough resources and personnel to do the job.

“The council have admission quota which range from 50 to 180 students per year for various institutions depending on their strength and infrastructure on ground.

“We have only one medical school that has the admission quota of 180 which is the University of Ibadan.

“Currently we have 31 accredited medical schools and nine schools of dentistry in the country,’’ he said.

The registrar noted that about 11 institutions violated the minimum standard set up by the council during an evaluation exercise in accredited training institutions conducted between 2010 and 2011.

Ibrahim said, for instance, that the University of Lagos was facing litigation instituted this year by some parents for failing to fulfil its promises of admitting its diploma students in medicine.

He advised parents and guardians to verify any university intended for their wards to ascertain their genuineness or professional standard.

“There was a case last year or early this year at the University of Lagos which led to litigation against the institute, which is not far from over-admission.

“The university runs diploma programmes to generate internal revenue and most students were admitted into the programme with the assurance of giving them admission to study medicine on completion of the programme.

“But unfortunately, the students were asked to change their course to other disciplines which led to the litigation against the institution by the concerned parents,’’ the registrar said.