MODE OF ENTRY AS PREDICTORS OF ACADEMIC PERFORMANCE OF ENGINEERING STUDENTS IN A NIGERIAN UNIVERSITY
J.A. Olorunmaiye1, O.J. Ogunniyi1, T. Yahaya2,J.O. Olaoye3 and A.A. Ajayi-Banji3
1. Department of Mechanical Engineering, University of Ilorin, Ilorin, Nigeria
2. Department of materials and Metallurgical Engineering, University of Ilorin, Ilorin, Nigeria
3. Department of Agricultural and Biosystems Engineering, University of Ilorin, Ilorin, Nigeria.
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The four modes of entry into Faculties of Engineering in Nigerian universities are: passing the Unified Tertiary Matriculation Examination(UTME) organized by the Joint Admissions and Matriculation Board(JAMB) to gain admission into the first year of a five-year engineering degree programme; passing through a one year pre-degree programme also known as Remedial programme before writing UTME to come in as first year students; admission into the second year of the degree programme for students who have successfully completed Advanced Level or National Diploma programme in a polytechnic ( Direct Entry at 200 Level); and admission into third year for students who have successfully completed a Higher National Diploma programme in a polytechnic (Direct Entry at 300 Level).
Data on the modes of entry and Cumulative Grade Point Average (CGPA) at the time of graduation obtained from the ten engineering disciplines at University of Ilorin, for students who graduated in 2018/2019 session, were analysed.
Out of the 471 students, 24 graduated with first class honours with 22 of them being UTME students and two being Remedial students. The number of UTME, Remedial, Direct Entry students at 200 Level, and Direct Entry students at 300 level were: 377, 66, 26, and 2 and their average CGPA were: 3.58, 3.27, 3.60, and 3.52, respectively.
It is recommended that the Direct Entry candidates at 200 Level should be given a higher percentage of the admission spaces than the Remedial candidates and the UTME candidates should continue to have the highest percentage of admission spaces.