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- How to Check Where You Have Been Posted For Admission
- Confused UNILAG Post UTME Candidates Complain About JAMB New Policy
- NANS Tags JAMB New Admission Policy Regulation As Fraudulent
- What You Should Do About JAMB’s New Admission Policy (How to Know Your Status)
- JAMB’s Explaination and Reasons for the New Admission Policy Regulation
- JAMB Registrar states that the new policy aims to help candidates gain admission faster
- Post-UTME Eligibility Status Checking For All Institutions Is Free – JAMB
JAMB Adopts New Admission Policy For Universities With High Number of Applicants
According to the Registrar of JAMB, Professor Dibu Ojerinde during the Combined Policy Meeting held last week, candidates of universities with surplus applicants for the Unified Matriculation Examinations (UTME) are being reassigned to other universities with lower number of candidates than their capacities.
The Joint Admissions and Matriculation Board (JAMB), during the Combined Policy Meeting, adopted this new policy for admission of UTME candidates into various universities in the country.
This policy he said will be beneficial to universities with lower number of candidates than their capacities, as this will ensure that these universities will have more candidates to admit. See specifically below how the JAMB registrar stated the expected benefits of the new admission policy.
According to the notice, JAMB registrar, Professor Dibu Ojerinde stated that the new policy portends two benefits:
1) It will be beneficial to “needy Universities” that is universities with lower number of candidates than their capacities, as this will ensure that these universities will have more candidates to admit.
2) Candidates will have better chances for admission in the universities they are re-assigned to, contrary to situations where they would await admission in the universities of their first choices until the admission exercise closes and they forfeit admission in that session.
Also Read – UNILAG Important Information On New Admission Policy for Post UTME Candidates
After the 2015/2016 JAMB UTME registration officially closed, the Nigerian Scholars Team compiled the list of most sought after universities.
Out of the over 180 universities in Nigeria, University of Ilorin (UNILORIN) has the highest number of JAMB UTME applicants with over 85,945 candidates seeking admission into the institution. This is followed by the University of Benin (UNIBEN) with over 60,020 applicants, and Nnamdi Azikiwe University, Awka (UNIZIK) with over 58,410 UTME applicants.
The 4th, 5th, and 6th most popular higher institutions are the University of Nigeria, Nsukka – UNN (57,539 applicants), Ahmadu Bello University, Zaria – ABU (52,785 applicants), and the University of Lagos – UNILAG(49,059 applicants) respectively.
How to Check Where You Have Been Posted For Admission
Candidates of the 2015 Unified Tertiary Matriculation Examination (UTME) have been asked to visit the website of the Joint Admissions and Matriculation Board (JAMB) to find out where they have been redistributed to.
The Head of JAMB, Lagos, Dr. Beatrice Okorie said candidates can begin to check on Monday 3rd of August.
Here is how candidates can check the university they have been posted to:
Go to the JAMB website: http://www.jamb.org.ng/
At the homepage, click the first option under the ‘2015 UTME’ section which says “Check Where you have been posted for Admission”
In the dialogue box that appears, type in your Registration number
Click on the “Check Where you have been posted for Admission” tab
The portal will display your posting which you can print.
Confused UNILAG Post UTME Candidates Complain About JAMB New Policy
So many of the candidates who applied for the 2015/2016 university admissions at the University of Lagos were on Tuesday thrown into confusion as many of them complained that they were not able to download their payment slips which would enable them to complete their registration for the university’s Post-UTME.
It was, however, gathered that contrary to the old system where every candidate who scored up to 200 and who made a particular university their first choice would automatically be invited for the screening, the new policy as stated above had now been introduced by the Joint Admissions and Matriculations Board (JAMB) which stipulates that such invitations would henceforth be issued by the board.
The Head of the Information Unit of the University of Lagos, Mr Olagoke Oke, said that the board had released the names of candidates qualified for the post-UTME exercise.
JAMB has just sent us a list containing just 9,000 candidates, out of about 20,000 that applied,” he said. One of the candidates who was seen at a cybercafé on the campus, on Tuesday, narrated her ordeal.
“When I went to the bank to pay for the post-UTME, I was asked to show my payment advice,” she said. “Now I have come to print it, and I cannot. The information on the computer said only candidates whose names are sent by JAMB are qualified.”
NANS Tags JAMB New Admission Policy Regulation As Fraudulent
The National Association of Nigerian Students (NANS) has described the new policy on admissions recently adopted by the Joint Admissions and Matriculation Board (JAMB) as fraudulent, malicious and mischeavous.
According to a statement issued by the General Secretary and Public Relations Officer Zone D of NANS, Comr. Obanobi Bidemi and Comr. Olatinwo Jeremiah, they described the policy as a con game, savage, lame and nonsensical.
The statement read: “Over 40 million Nigerian students at home and in diaspora want the JAMB registrar to define the word “CHOICE of INSTITUTION”. Why would I be posted to a school I never applied for? Why would I be posted to a school above my parents’/sponsors’ means.
“We saw this trend coming from last year when the myopic board reduced the options of institution of choice from six to three claiming it is to save students from the fraudulent activities of tertiary institutions in the process of admitting students.
“We call on the Chairman of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission to begin a probe into the accounts of the admission board, its registrar and top echeleon as it has been paid by proprietors of private tertiary institutions hence the bastardization of the admission exercise – a great semblance to the scandal that rocked the world football governing body, FIFA,” it said.
The Nigerian students, therfore, passed a vote of no confidence in the JAMB registrar, Prof. Dibu Ojerinde and called for his immediate sack or over 5 million students across the 6 states of the South West, including affected students, would be mobilised to the JAMB office if the policy was not reversed immediately.
What You Should Do About JAMB’s New Admission Policy (How to Know Your Status)
As heart-breaking as the news concerning JAMB’s admission policy is, there are a number of calculated actions you can take to save yourself from a heart-attack. Here are such actions:
1. Please, please, please, do not panic! Fear does not add anything to the situation, so calm down and relax.
2. Contact JAMB as you have been advised to, so as to as obtain more information about the policy and your current status. You can contact JAMB via the following methods:
- Visit the official website at www.jamb.gov.ng
- Call any of JAMB’s telephone lines as posted on their official website:
- Reach out to the board via email @ UTMERegistration@jamb.gov.ng
For UNILAG students, where the policy has been fully implemented for the 2015/2016 admission into the institution, you can check your eligibility status by following these steps:
1) Visit to the UNILAG website www.unilag.edu.ng,
2) Go to “Prospective Students”
3) Click on Full Time Undergraduate Admission
4) Click on POST-UTME APPLICATION
5) Insert your utme registration number, telephone number and email address.
How To Check JAMB Assignment Status and Know Where Your Name Is
JAMB has just recently announced the details for checking of school re-assignment status. The board hereby wishes to inform the general public, most especially post-UTME candidates, that they should check to know the schools they are posted to on its website (www.jamb.org.ng) as from Friday, August 5, 2015.
All candidates are advised to still check back on this page as from the 5th of August for the detailed procedure and details on how to check the reassignment status. As has been said, please do not panic.
JAMB’s Explaination and Reasons for the New Admission Policy Regulation
The Joint Admissions and Matriculation Board (JAMB) has explained the reason behind the new policy on university admissions for Unified Tertiary Matriculation Examination (UTME) candidates.
According to a statement issued by the Public Relations Officer of the board, Dr Fabian Benjamin, the national cut off mark for screening of candidates for admission remained the minimum expectation that each candidate desirous of university admission should have.
Related – JAMB Official 2015/2016 Admission Cut-Off Mark
The statement read; “The attention of the board has been drawn to the challenge experienced by some candidates who could not access the University of Lagos site to register for the Post-Unified Tertiary Matriculation Examination (UTME). The statement said that the board sincerely sympathised with their frustration.
“We want to seize this opportunity to state that our attention has been drawn to the agitation by some parents and students who turned out for the registration for the post JAMB screening exercise for the candidates.
“We sympathise with them but wish to state categorically that the national cut off point is just the minimum expectation that each candidate desirous of university admission should have.
“However, universities are at liberty to go higher than 180, depending on their peculiarities and the performance of candidates who chose them.
“For instance, if over 10,000 candidates who made Unilag their first choice scored 250 and above, it will be difficult for them to go lower than 250 when they are to admit only about 7000.
“I wish to state that a time will come when some universities will go up to 300 as their cut off mark, depending on the performance,” the statement said.
The JAMB PRO explained that because of the development, the board decided that some of the candidates who chose such institutions but fall below their cut off marks should not miss out, hence the need to send them to other schools.
JAMB Registrar states that the new policy aims to help candidates gain admission faster
According to Ojerinde, the decision to reallocate candidates who cannot be admitted into their choice institutions because of the high cut-off marks set by the institutions for the various courses, to other federal, states and private institutions in that order, depending on the availability of spaces; choice of the course of the candidate; geographical zone of the candidates’ first choice and the performance of the candidates, was to help the candidates and reduce the numbers of qualified candidates who miss out on admissions yearly due to limited spaces.
Ojerinde said: “Can you imagine 8,000 students seeking admission to study law in a university that will take only 250 candidates for law? The remaining 7,750 candidates will wait endlessly and hopelessly till the end of the admission. Or imagine 7,500 candidates seeking admission to study medicine in a university. Of these 7,500 candidates, 2,000 scored above 250 in the UTME.
“The university has a carrying capacity of only 150 candidates for medicine. The remaining 7,350 who scored above 200 will be wasted. Particularly, 1,750 candidates who scored above 250 will be wasted while other universities either do not have enough candidates or high scoring candidates,” Professor Ojerinde explained.
He added that JAMB had discovered that courses like Biological Sciences, Pharmacy, Agricultural Engineering and related courses are, in most cases, without enough candidates in the universities while everyone scampered to study medicine and only a small percentage eventually get admitted.
The JAMB boss noted that the board had made the situation clear to the institutions during its policy meeting on 14th July, after it held discussions with the representatives of the federal, state and private universities where the degree of the problems of candidates were presented and solutions were proffered.
Post-UTME Eligibility Status Checking For All Institutions Is Free – JAMB
Joint Admission and Matriculation Board (JAMB) has denied plans to sale scratch cards to candidates who are checking for the school they are re-posted to as a result of the new admission policy instituted by the board.
According to the board’s Head of Media, Dr. Fabian Benjamin, the internet access is free to all candidates.
The Board explained that the National cut-off marks of 180 for universities and 150 for Polytechnics, Colleges of Education and Innovative Enterprise institutions in the 2015 UTME was a benchmark to set the tone for 2015 admission exercise.
However, Universities and other levels of tertiary institutions are at liberty to go higher, but not lower, depending on their peculiarities and the performance of candidates that choose them. Provided these cut off marks are uniformly applied to all candidates based on existing admission criteria by proprietors of these institutions.