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Thursday, 30 July 2015

JAMB: FG Reverses New Admission Policy

On Tuesday 28th July, 2015 the Permanent Secretary, Ministry of Education, Mr. MacJohn Nwaobiala while interacting with State House correspondents after briefing President Muhammadu Buhari on his ministry’s activities and educational challenges at the Presidential Villa, Abuja pointed at the new admission policy by Joint Admissions and Matriculation Board (JAMB).
That the policy had led to protests in some parts of the country as certain candidates who applied to the University of Lagos were unable to register for the school’s Post UTME after the school allegedly made use of 250 marks as a screening benchmark.

Because the University of Lagos UNILAG management announced that only candidates whose who scores 250 marks in JAMB are eligible to participate in this year’s UNILAG Post-UTME.

Nwaobiala said, “This JAMB thing has been there. As the policy making body, when these issues were raised, they raised in a stakeholders meeting. We normally have what we call the policy meeting. Everything about admission are discussed with parents and other stakeholders at the meeting.
“These are decisions that we collectively took. However, we have a listening hear. We have taken a lot of the issues raised into consideration and we are consulting to see the adjustments we can make here and there.
“The directive has been given. All the students that made the cut-off marks have been told to go and write post-UME examinations in their schools of first choice. After, they can go to their schools of second choice. That has been the bone of contention”.

Therefore, the Federal Government has ordered that the Joint Admissions and Matriculation Board to reverse its new policy of re-assigning candidates who applied to universities with excess applicants for the Unified Tertiary Matriculation Examinations (UTME).

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