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The Joint Admissions and Matriculation Board (JAMB) has come out to clear the air that the point system copied from its website as the criteria for admission into tertiary institutions in the country and currently circulating was a mere illustration.
This is contained in a statement by the board’s Head, Media and Information, Fabian Benjamin.
It said on the contrary, the Federal Government had approved the re-enforcement of admission guideline as recognised by law.
The admission of candidates into tertiary institutions will be based purely on three pillars namely:
Merit, Catchment and Educationally less developed states.
The point system that was wrongfully copied from JAMB’s website and circulated in some media was used for a mere illustration by the Registrar, Prof. Dibu Ojerinde.
“For the avoidance of doubt, the board wishes to state clearly that the point system is an illustration by the Registrar of JAMB. It is meant to demonstrate how a few institutions were using the point system to select candidates while some of their counterparts were subjecting candidates to written test.
“The illustrations are contained in a paper presented by the registrar and placed on our website and was adopted by the media wrongly as the 2016 guideline for admission,’’ the statement said.
It added that the 2016 admissions would be conducted purely on the three existing admission pillars of merit, catchment area and educationally less developed states through the following process.
NAN reports that, firstly, a list of candidates who qualified for screening into individual institutions based on the three stipulated criteria will be presented.
It added that such screening did not demand for another test in any form, written, oral or electronic.
According to the statement, candidates are to present their Senior School Certificate Examination (SSCE) results/Advanced Level (AL) results for verification and clearing purposes.
It noted that WAEC, NECO and NBTE results or its equivalent were acceptable.
Each candidate was expected to have a minimum of five credits at SSCE, including English, Mathematics and any other three relevant subjects to his or her discipline.
JAMB statement added: “Any candidate that does not possess the requirements as listed above is deemed to have failed the screening.
“Consideration of the recommended list as forward by JAMB should be completed within one month from the date of receipt of the list.
“Any institution that has a shortfall in the admitted candidates could make-up for candidates from other departments on the institutions list.
“Reasons for rejection of candidates on the list should be clearly stated with proof provided alongside. This is imperative so that the general public will note the correct process.”
Ministry of Education had directed that the guidelines must be adhered to without any alterations.

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