FG Warns Universities To Admit Students Through JAMB Not Post-UTME


A strong warning has been sent to Nigerian Universities by the Federal Government reminding them that only the Joint Admissions and Matriculation Board (JAMB) can admit students.

The Federal Ministry of Education reiterated that universities “had no business admitting candidates other than those sent to it by JAMB but could screen candidates to remove those with anti-social traits and suspicious credentials”.

The Federal Government said while the ban on post-UTME stayed, screening was only for those admitted by JAMB and limited to examination of credentials and physical examination of candidates to ensure that they are not of questionable characters.

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All these should be done upon resumption. No university is allowed to have anything to do with any applicant who is not its student. Screening and registration are only for those who have been admitted by JAMB, the Ministry stressed.

The Director, Press and Public Relations, Mr. Ben Goong, on Monday stated that any institution that acted against this directive would have itself to blame.

He denied media reports that the earlier decision to cancel post-Unified Tertiary Matriculation Examination (UTME) was upturned.

Meanwhile, the former Executive Secretary, National Universities Commission, Prof. Peter Okebukola, has criticised the recently announced method of admitting students into tertiary institutions, saying it amounted to admitting candidates blindly.

Okebukola, who spoke on the sidelines of the 2016 Speech Day and Prize Giving ceremony of Queen’s College, Yaba, Lagos, on Monday, said that the current guidelines put in place for admission of candidates into Nigeria’s tertiary institutions would only allow unqualified candidates to be admitted.

Okebukola, who was reacting to the recent cancellation of the Post Unified Tertiary Matriculation Examination (UTME) by the Federal Government, said the criteria were still unclear to stakeholders.

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On July 10, the Joint Admissions and Matriculation Board (JAMB) had clarified that the 2016 admissions would be conducted purely on the three existing admission pillars of; merit, catchment area and educationally less developed states.