The Joint Admission and Matriculation Board, JAMB, yesterday overturn its new admission policy which would have barred some qualified candidates from writing the post-Unified Tertiary Matriculation Examinations, UTME, in their preferred universities.
schoolwatch.com.ng grapevine gathered that candidates in their hundreds alongside their parents wildly jubilated yesterday afternoon on Lagos streets over what they referred to as their victory against the examination body and University of Lagos, UNILAG, Akoka.
The reversal however has nullified the early policy barring universities like UNILAG, University of Ibadan, University of Ilorin and Imo State University, from conducting the post-UTME for candidates other than those recommended to them by the board.
It would be recalled that the new policy had generated controversy from the public and was greeted by protests from candidates and their parents who not only protested the decision but also challenged JAMB and UNILAG in court.
Public Relations Officer of JAMB, Benjamin Fabian, said the board shifted its ground as a response to the demands by candidates asking for opportunity to fight for the available slots in their first choice schools.
Insisting that redistribution of the candidates to other needy universities would not stop, he added that those redistributed would still be allowed to write the post-UTME in their universities of first choice and at the same time proceed to where they are redistributed to take part in their screening tests.
Fabian noted that JAMB is a responsible and responsive body and would therefore not have closed its ears against the cries of its candidates. He added that the redistribution would still hold to give double opportunities to candidates.
He said JAMB was only interested in ensuring that the candidates are offered admission rather than waste their high scores concentrating their efforts on a single institution.
Reacting, National President of the Association of Tutorial School Operators, Oludotun Sodunke, who had led the students to challenge the new policy in court, said the victory belongs to Nigerians and the responsiveness of a new government and support by the media.
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