Tuesday 27 October 2015

Jamb set new modifications for candidates

The Joint Admissions and Matriculation Board (JAMB) recently announced that it has modified its procedure for candidates seeking admission
to the nation’s tertiary institutions in the 2016-2017 academic session.

The Chief Information Officer of the board, Dr. Fabian Benjamin , made this known in an exclusive interview with The Nigerian Eye on Monday 26th of October.
He said the board has therefore introduced the “preferred choice” platform in its portal to enable
candidates to have wider opportunities of securing admission.

The sale of admission form for the session commenced on September 30 and it will end on January 30, 2016.
He said:
“What we did initially was that you only have one choice. Now, we have made it in such a way that if you miss the University of Lagos; University of
Nigeria, Nsukka; Obafemi Awolowo University, Ile- Ife, and Ahmadu Bello University, Zaira, you will have an opportunity of going to another school.
Before, all universities will be in first and second choice and that will not solve any problem. We have now decided to put a few of those schools we
feel will have more spaces as more preferred.
Institutions placed on the more preferred choice are those that are mostly not oversubscribed. This is
because it will not make any sense if you place institutions like the ABU, UNILAG, OAU and UNN, when in actual sense they cannot even admit one
third of the candidates that will choose them as most preferred.”
The board, in the 2015/16 session, had arbitrarily redistributed admission seekers to universities
other than their first choice institutions, a development many parents and candidates kicked against.

JAMB had claimed that the redistributing policy was to accommodate more candidates, reduce
wastage of admission opportunities as well as the stress parents and candidates go through in seeking placement in schools.
No fewer than 1.5million candidates sit for the Unified Tertiary Matriculation Examination for
about 500,000 admission spaces annually.

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