JAMB Adopts Central Admission Processing System (CAPS) For Student Admissions

by Bamidele Ogunberu Posted on August 22nd, 2017

Abuja, Nigeria. The Joint Admissions and Matriculation Board, JAMB, has introduced the Central Admission Processing System (CAPS) for student admissions to tertiary institutions in Nigeria beginning 2017/2018.   Central Admission Processing System (CAPS) is  reportedly geared towards ensuring quality control, transparency and credibility of the admission process. The policy change was reportedly adopted at it’s policy meeting, attended by admissions officers of Nigerian tertiary institutions, taking place at the National Judicial Institute in Abuja.

Nigeria Circle gathered that the new policy provides for a market place  in the JAMB portal where institutions can go and request for students in Nigeria who score their cut off points. Nigerian tertiary institutions will write to JAMB to request for the students and also give students three days to respond. Only three universities can request for a candidate. Tertiary institutions in Nigeria will have the flexibility to peg their cut off point after meeting with their respective senates.

JAMB Central Admission Processing System CAPS. The Modalities

The new policy will also give the academic board or senate of an institution the power to ‘allocate percentages to JAMB, the school and O’level results as these will be calculated to get the students’ cut off marks for post-UTME.

Nigeria Circle also learnt that JAMB wants to ensure there is a unified time for closing admission in all universities.
If the policy sails through, there will be a portal for admission which will be based on cut off points, quota system and catchment areas.

The policy will be implemented with proprietary software known as Central Admissions Processing System (CAPS), where human interference will be completely removed, to promote credibility. The admission criteria would be keyed into the software and it will select candidates blindly according to the institutions requirement without any primordial consideration.


Photo: JAMB UTME candidates at CBT Center

The new system is such that institutions can only admit those who meet their cut off points,” an admission officer for a tertiary institution who was at the meeting said. “If a candidate does not meet the cut off, no matter whom he or she knows, such person cannot be admitted.”

Also, the policy intends to make provisions for candidates to accept and reject any admission being offered to them.

The intended policy also looks out for candidates who are unable to go for the National Youth Service Corps, NYSC, because they do not have JAMB admission letters. This set of students would be asked to pay a fee, about N10,000 for regularization and would be able to go for the youth service.

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