Guidelines for the 2016 admission process has been released by the Joint Admissions and Matriculation Board.
The exam body made the announcement through its website, saying it has adopted what it termed the point system option. This came after an extensive one-week meeting JAMB had with administrators, universities and other tertiary institutions in the country.
While the board explained how the admission process would work for Unified Tertiary Matriculation Examination candidates and direct entry students, they also said that universities would collect screening fees from candidates at the end of admission process.
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The board also stated that the new method uses a point system, which is divided into other processes, that is easy to understand. According to the statement on JAMB’s website:
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“Before a candidate can be considered for screening, he/she must have been offered a provisional admission by JAMB. The JAMB admission checker portal is going to be opened soon for this process, so praying is all you can do now”.
“JAMB’s provisional admission no longer makes much sense this year, your points tally will decide your faith.
“The points are evenly spread out between your O’level and JAMB results to provide a level playing field for all.
“In the first case, any candidate who submits only one result which contains his/her relevant subjects already has 10 points, the exam could be NECO, WAEC, GCE etc, but any candidate who has two sittings only gets two points. So, this means that aspirants with only one result are at an advantage but only just.”
The organisation added that:
“the next point grades fell into the O’ Level grades where each grade would have it equivalent point; A=6 marks, B=4 marks, C=3 marks, so the better the candidates’ grades, the better his or her chances of securing admission this year”.
“The next point is the UTME scores where each score range has its equivalent point which can be summarised thus, 180-200=20-23 marks, 200-250=24-33 points, 251-300=34-43, 300-400=44-60 points”, JAMB explained.
Giving a breakdown, JAMB explained that each categories contains five JAMB results per point added. For example a candidate with 180-185 gets 20 points, while a candidate with 186-190 gets 21 points.
The exam board further stated that the point system for direct entry will be released soon, adding that fees would still be charged for screening which has replaced the Post UTME, depending on the school.
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JAMB also emphasized that catchment and educationally less-developed states would still be used for admission into the nation’s tertiary institutions. As written in the statement:
“Merit contains 45 per cent of the total candidates for a particular course, Catchment contains 35 per cent and ELDS and staff lists contains the rest. Cut off marks will be released by the institutions this year in the form of points and not marks”.
Going on to clarify the new situation, the board said that if a school declares its cut off mark for Medicine as 90 points and JAMB grants a candidate with 250 a provisional admission but his/her total points falls short of the 90 points, then he/she will lose the admission. So the provisional admission is just a means to an end, not the end in itself.