JAMB Explains New Nigeria Universities Admissions System

by Bamidele Ogunberu Posted on September 23rd, 2017

Abuja, Nigeria. Sept 22: Professor Ishaq Oloyede, Registrar , Joint Admissions and Matriculation Board, JAMB, says its newly-introduced Central Admissions Processing system, CAPs, will restore the autonomy of institutions. CAPs, according to the board, will ensure that candidates are fairly treated. It will also expand admission opportunities as well as protect the academic calendar.

The Registrar of the Board,Professor Ishaq Oloyede said this in Abuja during a training and sensitisation forum on CAPs, for the 2017/2018 Academic Session.

Professor Oloyede identified the lack of adequate space in Nigeria’s tertiary institutions as the reason why the conduct of the Unified Tertiary Matriculation Examination would be necessary.

He emphasized that Jamb was a ranking body and not an examination conducting body like WAEC,NECO and NABTEB.

” Jamb is a ranking body not an examination body like Waec and Neco. Jamb is to rank and to screen already qualified candidates. Emphatically, pass or fail, is not the focus of any ranking body,” he said.

Oloyede condemned “under the table admission” decrying situations where institutions admit above the stipulated capacity.

He emphasized that O and A level results were key qualifying requirements for admissions, and that the board would not consider any candidates without them.

Speaking on the 2017/2018 Cut Off Marks, Oloyede said stakeholders picked 120,110 and 100, respectively for Universities and other institutions as the threshold, below which no institutions could admit candidates.


Photo: JAMB registrar Prof Ishaq Oloyede

The Registrar noted that scoring higher than the required Cut off mark did not guarantee admission but made candidates eligible for admission consideration.

“The cut off mark is not fail or pass mark. It is not total score but one of the many factors that will be used for admission such as post UTME, where applicable,” he added.

Oloyede identified China ,Iran, Republic of Georgia , Spain,Turkey as countries of the world that shared similarities with Nigeria in the conduct of the Unified Tertiary Matriculation Board.

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