The Joint Admissions and Matriculation Board (JAMB) at its 2015 Combined Policy Meeting, held on July 14, 2015 in Abuja, announced the adoption of a policy whereby candidates of universities with surplus applicants for the Unified Matriculation Examinations (UTME) are reassigned to other universities with lower number of candidates than their capacities.
In effect, only candidates whose names were forwarded to the University by JAMB are eligible for the 2015/16 post-UTME Screening.”
The new policy has caused a lot of confusion on candidates who applied for admission into Nigeria Universities for the 2015/2016 academic session .
schoolwatch.com.ng grapevine gathered that candidates who applied for the 2015/16 university admissions at the University of Lagos were on Tuesday thrown into confusion as many of them complained that they were not able to download their payment slips which would enable them to complete their registration for the university’s Post-UTME.
It was, however, gathered that contrary to the old system where every candidate who scored up to 200 and who made a particular university their first choice would automatically be invited for the screening, a new policy had now been introduced by the Joint Admissions and Matriculations Board (JAMB) which stipulates that such invitations would henceforth be issued by the board.
Speaking to our correspondent on the development on Tuesday, the Head of the Information Unit of the University of Lagos, Mr Olagoke Oke, said the board had released the names of candidates qualified for the post-UTME exercise.
“JAMB has just sent us a list containing just 9,000 candidates, out of about 20,000 that applied,” he said.
One of the candidates who was seen at a cybercafé on the campus, on Tuesday, narrated her ordeal.
“When I went to the bank to pay for the post-UTME, I was asked to show my payment advice,” she said.
“Now I have come to print it, and I cannot. The information on the computer said only candidates whose names are sent by JAMB are qualified.”
According to a notice obtained by the schoolwatch.com.ng at the Information Unit, the new regulation was reached at a recent policy meeting organised by the board.
When contacted, however, the Head of JAMB National Headquarters (Annex), Lagos, Dr Beatrice Okorie, said she was not aware.
“All I know is that after the examination conducted by JAMB, the result is released by JAMB on the day of the examination, then after some time, JAMB will give room for change of course or institution. After that JAMB will print out the names of the candidates and send to the schools. The universities will study the lists and JAMB will invite them for a technical meeting; the meeting for this year’s admission was held on July 14. After that the universities will take candidates based on the carrying capacities given to them by NUC. The universities will then send their own list based on the carrying capacities back to JAMB.”
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