JAMB Clears The Air On The Introduction Of Points System Option For Admission


There were media reports that the Joint Admissions and Matriculation Board (JAMB) has imposed the Point System Option (PSO) on higher institutions as the new admission guidelines for 2016 admission processes. However, the examination body has disassociated itself from the report, describing it as a figment of the imagination of its proponents.

In a statement contained by the board’s Head, Media and Information, Dr. Fabian Benjamin and made available to the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) on Sunday in Lagos, said the point system copied from its website and circulated as criteria for admission into tertiary institutions in the country was a mere illustration by the Registrar, Prof. Dibu Ojerinde.

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The statement explained that on the contrary, the Federal Government had given approval for the re-enforcement of admission guideline as recognised by law, adding that the admission of candidates into tertiary institutions will be based purely on three existing admission pillars namely, merit, catchment and educationally less developed states. The statement said:

JAMB Denies Point System As A Criteria For Admission Into Higher Institutions.

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His statement read:

“Sequel to the recent workshop convened by the Minister of Education on the modality for 2016 admission into tertiary institutions in Nigeria, the Federal Government approved the re-enforcement of admissions guideline recognised by law.

“This is following the cancellation of the post Unified Tertiary Matriculation Examination (UTME). This is not the point system as widely circulated in some media.

“For the avoidance of doubt, the board wishes to state clearly that the point system is an illustration by the Registrar of JAMB. It is meant to demonstrate how a few institutions were using the point system to select candidates while some of their counterparts were subjecting candidates to written test.

“The illustrations are contained in a paper presented by the registrar and placed on our website and was adopted by the media wrongly as the 2016 guideline for admission.”

According to the statement, a list of candidates who qualified for screening into individual institutions based on the three stipulated criteria will be presented. Such screening, he clarified, did not demand for another test in any form written, oral or electronic.

It went on to make it clear that candidates are to present their Senior School Certificate Examination (SSCE) results/Advanced Level (AL) results for verification and clearing purposes, noting that WAEC, NECO and NBTE results or its equivalent were acceptable as matriculation requirements.

The statement added that each candidate was expected to have a minimum of five credits at SSCE, including English, Mathematics and any other three relevant subjects to his or her discipline. It also said that the list of qualified candidates awaiting SSCE/AL results could be kept in view pending the release of their results.

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The statement also said:

“Any candidate that does not possess the requirements as listed above is deemed to have failed the screening.  Consideration of the recommended list as forward by JAMB should be completed within one month from the date of receipt of the list.

“Any institution that has a shortfall in the admitted candidates could make-up for candidates from other departments on the institutions list. Reasons for rejection of candidates on the list should be clearly stated with proof provided alongside.

“This is imperative so that the general public will note the correct process.’

It said that the government had directed that the guidelines must be strictly adhered to without any alterations.