JAMB Restructures, Stops Admission To Awaiting Result Candidates

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THE Joint Admissions and Matriculation Board (JAMB) have announced that henceforth no candidate will be admitted into any institution with awaiting result.

Head of Information of JAMB, Dr Fabian Benjamin, who made this known in a statement on Tuesday in Abuja said the Board has concluded all arrangements to commence sale of application document for 2017 Unified Tertiary Matriculation Examination (UTME) in March.

He said this followed extensive restructuring, transformation, reforms and other preparation for the smooth conduct of the 2017 UTME.

He said: “We sincerely appreciate the patience exhibited by Nigerians in allowing us take time to add value to the services we have been offering to Nigerians for over three decades.

“Because we need a different and progressive result that will position Nigerian educational system in an enviable height in the comity of nations, then we must do things differently.”

“The Board is poised to see that a reasonable percentage of candidates who take this examination and are qualified find placement in tertiary institutions.”

“In the cause of conducting admission exercise, many institutions have admitted candidates on merit only for them to discover that such candidates do not have qualified O’levels results or the right combination for admission and had to delete and start the process all over again.”

“With this, they would have denied other qualified candidates the opportunities for admissions. This we are addressing by ensuring that no candidate is henceforth recommended without his O’levels result being supplied,” he said.

Benjamin said JAMB would insist that candidates supply their result on its website during registration or later, before admission commences so that they can be considered for admissions.

He said the Board believes this would allow only qualified candidates to be considered for admissions.

He said: “We have designed a Central Admissions Processing System (CAPS) where the Board will interface with the institutions and ensure the compliance of this reform.

“The summary is that no candidate will be admitted with awaiting result. Candidates and their parents are also to note that the Board has restructured the registration platform to allow for only one choice of Public University.”

“The new registration platform will now be first choice, second choice, third choice and fourth choice and not most preferred, preferred etc as it was.”

“Candidates’ first choice can be a College, University, Innovative Enterprises Institutions or Polytechnic/Monotechnic,” he said.

The JAMB spokesperson further clarified that if a competitor makes a Public University his first decision, he would not have any state funded college to decide for second, third and fourth decision. He will have on the staying three options, a College, a Polytechnic, Private University and IEI’S.

He included that possibility for the 2017 UTME could now choose NCE (College) or ND (Polytechnic/Monotechnic) as their first decision up to third decision and the fourth IEI.
He additionally noticed that hopefuls could choose the IEI (Innovative Enterprise Institution, ND) as their first decision up to the fourth decision, yet can just pick a state funded college once.
“This restructuring is to expand the opportunities available to candidates as almost all the public universities do not consider candidates on the second choice list because they hardly exhaust their first choice.
“The registration of UTME this year will go side by side with the Direct Entry and during registration, candidates 10 fingers are to be captured using Biometric Verification Machine (BVN).
“Again, we want to inform candidates that no cyber café will be registering candidates for our examination. On no account should any candidate patronize any cybercafé for our registration. It is important to note that the Board will not deploy the use of any scratch card for the 2017 UTME registration exercise,” he said.

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