Candidates Jubilate As JAMB Makes U-turn On Post-UTME

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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. 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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