THE Joint Admission and Matriculation Board (JAMB) on Monday, assured UTME Candidate that checking their redistribution status is free of charge.
The board refute the purported claim by ASUU UI chapter’s that N1billion will be generated from sale of scratch cards to candidates seeking admission into tertiary institutions across the country.
Report has been hovering around that the Joint Admissions and Matriculation Board, JAMB, has commence the sale of scratch card for candidates to check their redistribution status.
schoolwatch.com.ng grapevine learnt that the scratch card is now being sold for N1,500 to each candidate seeking admission.
Reacting, head of media, JAMB, Dr Fabian Benjamin, in a statement, said candidates’ redistribution fee was free.
He said redistribution of candidates policy by JAMB was aimed at assisting the candidates and their parents.
According to Dr Benjamin, “the JAMB has further explained the policy to redistribute candidates who have cut-off marks less than what their institutions of first choice required to needy institutions; that was done to assist the candidates and their parents,” noting that the ASUU UI chapter’s claim that it was anti-poor was not untrue.
This was just as he described the union’s claim that JAMB would make about N1 billion as proceeds from candidates buying cards to check their redistribution status as unfounded, noting that checking was completely free.
He called on parents and candidates to check the Board’s website from Thursday, July 30 for their names and institutions they are placed in.
He added that the national cut-off marks of 180 for universities and 150 for polytechnics, colleges of education and innovative enterprise institutions in the 2015 UTME was a benchmark to set the tone for 2015 admission exercise.
“The Board has redistributed the other candidates who have cut-off marks less than what their first choice required to needy institutions and we urge candidates and parents to check the Board’s website from Thursday, July 30 for their names and institutions they are placed in and its free. Please, for purpose of clarity, checking is FREE.
“The decision to have a national accepted cut-off mark at policy meeting was to serve as a guide and pruning mechanism to give the tertiary institutions qualitative candidates to choose from a pool of candidates desirous of tertiary education.
“However, universities and other levels of tertiary institutions are at liberty to go higher, but not lower, depending on their peculiarities and the performance of candidates that choose them, provided this cut-off marks are uniformly applied to all candidates based on existing admission criteria by proprietors of these institutions.
“Universities are centres of excellence anywhere in the world and ours should not be an exception. The policy witnessed in University of Lagos is aimed at ensuring that our university admits only the top best as done globally.
“The JAMB is working round the clock to ensure that Nigerian universities are among the best in Africa and perhaps the world in the next ranking and to also utilise the available spaces and admit more candidates, bearing in mind the admission criteria of various needy institutions
“The Board wishes to state that no candidate would be denied any right to aspire to tertiary education, even as it is aware that some universities have their own admission cut-off marks acceptable by the Board for courses they offered. Please, be informed that the Board ensures that these institutions apply this cut-off marks uniformly across all candidates without discrimination.
“The decision of the Board on the print-out for this year exercise was done in good faith, not to jeopardise the right of candidate due to individual cut-off set by some Nigerian tertiary institution.
“Those candidates who do not meet the cut-off marks of such institutions will be placed in needy institutions within their geopolitical zone depending on available space in such institutions. The Board’s aim is to accommodate as many candidates as possible, instead of just pushing them to schools we know abinitio does not have the carrying capacity to admit all.
For instance, University of Lagos with a carrying capacity of about 9000, has over 60,000 applying to them. The question is what happens to the over 50,000? We have other institutions like that and what we are doing is to ensure that the remaining are also placed in other needy institutions.
“Nigerians are also urged to please believe in the Board as continually it strive to give the entire education system the best. We are not comfortable with the large number of candidates that year in year out sit for the Board’s matriculation examination without being admitted. It is the belief of the Board that this policy will address the shortfall and accommodate more candidates and ensure that admission exercise are conducted on time,” he stated.
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