We are in the middle of the 7th month of 2016 and all candidates that applied for admission into tertiary institutions in Nigeria are eagerly awaiting their admission status. The fate of these candidates however has been banked between their respective universities of choice and the Joint Admissions and Matriculation Board (JAMB), headed by Prof. Dibu Ojerinde.
Recall that sometime last month the National Assembly (NASS) agreed that Post Unified Tertiary Matriculation Examination (UTME), an aptitude test conducted by the various universities will be abolished. Adding that JAMB is the sole body responsible for placing these candidates in schools. But is this still the case? We doubt!
Students Nigeria gathered that JAMB had earlier forwarded lists of candidates who are qualified to sit for Post UTMEs in their respective school of choices before the cancellation of the exercise. Is it not expected that these ones would be admitted directly since the examination was said to no longer valid? But that’s not the case in Nigeria!
Presently JAMB Boss, Prof. Ojerinde had released an announcement insisting that those lists will not be used for admission, rather candidates will be screened by the school. Why again?
Ojerinde added that if, however, the number of candidates on such lists was not sufficient for existing vacancies, the institutions could source from the omnibus printout earlier sent to them by the board.
“The public and all tertiary institutions should note that admission will only be approved by the board after appropriate screening of the candidates by the institutions.
“The list which is made up of candidates who met the national cut-off point within the set criteria is then forwarded to the institutions,” he said.
The JAMB boss noted that the intention of the board was to ensure that available spaces were adequately utilized. (NAN)