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2023, Vol. 5, Issue 5, Part A

Quota system of admission: A catalyst or a hindrance to equal access to education in Nigeria


Author(s): Promise Sage Joseph and Okwu Ngozi Emmanuel

Abstract: This paper examined the quota system of admission policy and the role it plays with regards to equal access to education in Nigeria. Implementation of quota system of admission was rationalized by the federal government of Nigeria on many grounds one of which is that its operations will help facilitate equal access to education in Nigeria by assisting school applicants from certain states of the country (believed to be faced with certain impediments) that otherwise limit their opportunity to obtain education. Nevertheless, when evaluated certain inherent problems seem to discredit the quota system of admission from being a competent measure for facilitating equal access to education. Such problems include violation of applicants’ equal right to education and limitation of certain individuals’ opportunities to access education due to their state of origin. As a result of these problems, the researchers contended that quota system of admission as implemented in the Nigerian educational sector does not facilitate equal access, rather it circuitously works against it. Therefore, it was suggested among other things that while the quest for equal access to education remains a priority in Nigeria, any policy directed at facilitating equal access to education must be made to function as a sword to deal with hindrances posed by any individual’s socioeconomic status, ethnicity, gender or religious inclinations and a shield to protect others from any negative and unintended implications as it regards access to education.

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How to cite this article:
Promise Sage Joseph, Okwu Ngozi Emmanuel. Quota system of admission: A catalyst or a hindrance to equal access to education in Nigeria. Int J Multidiscip Trends 2023;5(5):54-59.
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