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JAMB Admission Policy Reversed – See Details

JAMB New Admission Policy Reverted

JAMB has reversed its earlier decision of stopping some candidates from writing the Post-UTME of their First choice institutions especially in cases where the institution of choice received a high number of applicants during the JAMB UTME. Schools like UNILAG, UNN, UI, UNICAL and other popular schools had already adopted the list sent to them by JAMB for their Post UTME screening examinations.

With this new development candidates can now participate in the post-UTME screening of their First choice institutions, provided they reached the cut-off of the institution, as well as the Post-UTME of the school to which JAMB has reassigned them considering the fact that such schools will be less competitive. The choice is yours

Candidates can check to know the new schools (which is less competitive) that JAMB has re-assigned them to by following the procedures on the link below:

>> How to Check Where You Have Been Posted For Admission By JAMB

Candidates who were previously unable to find their names among the list of eligible candidates for their first choice institution’s Post-UTME screening are advised to keep checking as their names are likely to be updated any time soon.

Recommended – JAMB New Admission Policy – See Full Details

JAMB Admission Policy Overruled By FG

JAMB Updates

The Federal Government has overruled the Joint Admissions and Matriculation Board on its new admission policy that recently sparked  protests in parts of the country.

The Permanent Secretary, Ministry of Education, Mr. MacJohn ‎Nwaobiala‎, disclosed this to State House correspondents on Tuesday after briefing President Muhammadu Buhari of his ministry’s activities and challenges at the Presidential Villa, Abuja.

JAMB, had at its 2015 Combined Policy Meeting adopted a policy, whereby candidates of universities with surplus applicants for the Unified Tertiary Matriculation Examinations are reassigned to other universities with lower number of applicants than their capacities.

Protest started at the University of Lagos when the institution’s authorities announced that only candidates whose names were officially forwarded by JAMB are eligible to participate in the institution’s Post-UTME.

Nwaobiala told reporters that the decision was jointly taken at a stakeholders’ meeting that had parents and others in attendance.

He said because of the dust raised by the development, the Federal Government had commenced consultation with the aim of identifying where adjustments could be made.

He however said students that made the cut off marks had been directed to go and write post-UTME examinations in their schools of first choice since that was the bone of contention.

Nwaobiala said, “This JAMB thing has been there. As the policy making body, when these issues were raised, they raised in a stakeholders meeting. We normally have what we call the policy meeting. Everything about admission are discussed with parents and other stakeholders at the meeting.

“These are decisions that we collectively took. However, we have a listening ear. We have taken a lot of the issues raised into consideration and we are consulting to see the adjustments we can make here and there.

“The directive has been given. All the students that made the cut off marks have been told to go and write post-UTME examinations in their schools of first choice. After, they can go to their schools of second choice. That has been the bone of contention.”

JAMB to Post-UTME Candidates: You Can Write Your Post-UTME At Your First Choice Institution

JAMB has responded to FG’s overrule on their new admission policy. JAMB’s Public Relation Officer, Mr. Benjamin Fabian disclosed this to the Media via private conversations: ”Candidates should go and write the post-UTME in their institutions of first choices.”

He, however noted that after the post-UTME in their universities of first choice, if necessary, JAMB is still going to redistribute them.

He said: “When they write the post-UTME  in the schools of their first choices, they may wish to consider the other places we have taken them to for admissions.

”The reason is that if they don’t get admission in their first choices institution, they will get in the second.”

He explained that JAMB’s effort in redistributing candidates was only geared towards helping candidates of over-subscribed institutions gain admission to other federal or state universities rather than wasting their scores.

You will recall that JAMB had last week announced its new policy to redistributes candidates to universities other than their first choice.

The development which generated sharp criticism from stakeholders almost paralysed some of the most  sought after universities in the country.

JAMB Officially Rescinds Admission Policy

According to Premium Times, the Joint Admission and Matriculation Board on Wednesday said candidates are allowed to do the post-UTME in their first choice institutions.

JAMB’s Public Relations officer, Fabian Benjamin, said in a statement that candidates can do the post-UTME exercise in the institutions, particularly universities to which they were posted by JAMB.

“Following the various public opinions, we have taken two approaches to ease the problems of our candidates,” Mr. Benjamin said.

The universities will soon get the soft copies of the list of candidates that applied to various institutions as first choice.

“We hope this will help the candidates in their endeavour,” Mr. Benjamin said.

He said the voice of the people is the voice of God, adding that this action would go a long way to show that the Board is a responsive organisation which has concern over the feeling of Nigerians.

“The Board will not relent in its efforts to see that our education is one of the best in the world,” said Mr. Benjamin.

Controversial New Policy

Earlier on, at a combined policy meeting, JAMB announced the adoption of a policy where applicants are reassigned to other universities with lower number of candidates.

The JAMB Registrar, Dibu Ojerinde, explained that the benefit of the new policy would help needy universities with lower number of candidates.

Mr. Ojerinde said the policy would also assist JAMB candidates have better chances of admission in universities they are reassigned to.

NANS Wants JAMB Scrapped For Exploiting Students

National Association of Nigeria Students (NANS) has called and requested for the scrapping of the Joint Admission And Matriculation Board (JAMB) over its exploitative policies and anti-students activities.

According to the NANS National President, Comrade Tijani Usman, who made the call in Abuja, when he led a protest to the JAMB headquarters, the purpose for the establishment of JAMB has been basterdised.

In his words, “The reason why we are here is to tell the general public and the government of the day that JAMB has outlived its usefulness. Nigerian students have seen most of the draconian policies of JAMB that is exploitative.

“Parents have been paying huge sums of money just for their children to get admission into various tertiary institutions, yet JAMB will not give them.” admission because JAMB cannot give admission,” he added.

Speaking on behalf of JAMB, the Director of Quality Assurance, Mr. John Okonkwo, said that the policy that generated so much controversy was introduced by JAMB in order to give admission seekers the opportunity of getting admission into other schools offering the same courses that students applied for, but which was not the schools of their choice.


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  • Adewumi

    Its not how far but how well. I believe with the level of my preparation, am good to go cum September 12.

    Your support in prayer is all I need now.

    1. I like what I'm hearing. I'm happy that you have all the confidence you need for the exams. I'm also believing God for you that you will come out successful. Sure, you have my full support in prayer.

  • Adewumi

    God is my strength.... just 5days to go bro...

    1. Hmmmmm... and how are we preparing? How much have we covered?

  • Adewumi

    All UI candidates should print their Post-UTME Screening Invitation Letter from the school portal.

    Best of Luck!

    1. Adewumi, thanks for the update. Good luck in your exam.

  • Adewumi

    UI Post-UTME Invitation Letter is out for printing.
    Candidates can now log in to the University portal to print it as well as the other necessary documents for the screening exercise.

    All the Best!

    1. Wumi, thanks a lot for that information. I wish you the very best in your examinations. How prepared will you say you are now?

  • Adewumi

    By God's grace, my target score for the Post-UTME is 85....

    Its better to be on the safe side.

    So help me God!

  • Adewumi

    But the cutoff mark isn't the same every year.
    For instance, in 2014 the cutoff mark for CLA was 55, whereas last year it was 70.
    But this year, its likely to be higher, depending on candidates performances.

    1. Wumi, you are even more well-informed than I thought you would be. That's great. You're right that the cut-off changes but I think it's safe for you to work with say 70. Also, the least cut-off UI can have is 50. God's grace as you prepare.

  • Adewumi

    These are my subjects combination in JAMB-UTME:

    English Language
    Literature in English
    Christian Religious Studies

    1. That is what I expect you should write in your post UTME.

  • Adewumi

    How is the admission cut off marks for UI determined?

    Can you please clarify this for me?

    1. Wumi, the major truth about UI's admission is that it is the Post UTME that counts most. JAMB-UTME only qualifies you to write the post UTME. For your course, for instance, you need no less than 70% in your post UTME. As long you are able to make that and your O'level papers are okay, you can be rest assured that admission is secured.

  • Adewumi

    You're right bro!

    Please what are the subjects combination for art courses?

    1. Adewumi, the combination is Literature, Economics and any other art subject but really, I don't think the combination should change from what you used in your JAMB. What subjects did you write in JAMB?