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
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
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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