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We Will Not Accept Admission Done Arbitarily – JAMB


The Joint Admissions and Matriculation Board (JAMB) has
warned tertiary institutions in the country against arbitrary and unjust
processes in this year’s admission procession.
It says
while institutions reserves the right to admit students, they must
justly explain why other candidates were not admitted.
The
Registrar of JAMB, Prof. Is-haq Oloyede stated this Friday, at the
Extra-Ordinary 2016 Technical Committee Meeting on Admissions into First
Choice Institutions held at Baze University in Abuja.
He said “The institutions have the right to select (their students) but they must be able to explain if someone is not taken.”
“Universities
have the right to determine the criteria for admission but the criteria
must be reasonable, explicit and must have been published prior to
application by the candidates.”
JAMB also bemoaned the admission criteria of some institutions saying they are supposed to be universal and open to all.
“Even
when you are not having candidates from other parts of the country or
one reason or another, you should be able to be national no matter your
proprietorship,” Oloyede said.
“A situation where you
have a federal university with students from only 10 to 15 states of the
federation, that shows that the institution is not justifying its
existence. We are insisting that every institution must have students
from every state of the federation in order to bring national cohesion,
unity and students who will be global products.”
He
added that JAMB will not initiate or insert any candidate(s) but
will,,ensure that no candidate is unjustly treated by any institution as
JAMB a referee for justice, equity and standards.
According
to Oloyede, the “only difference between this year’s admissions process
and what has always been the practice, is the policy that there should
be no written post UTME test. All other processes remain.”
He
noted that in their first technical meeting, some institutions were
brazenly arbitrary in their criteria for admission, and said that as a
referee, JAMB will resist such arbitrariness and illegal introduction of
extraneous factors which were not contained in the published
advertisement made available to the candidates.
“A
situation where requirements that were not stated in the brochure to
guide candidates suddenly become applicable during admissions exercise
would be unacceptable. This is because a condition not stated in the
rules cannot be effected to the detriment of law abiding applicants who
applied in accordance with the institutional provisions in the
brochure,” he said.
Oloyede maintained that the approved
admissions deadline of 30th November, 2016 still stands and that
institutions should be able to explain to every Nigerian child who had
applied for admissions why he/she was not admitted into his/her
institution of choice.
“Let me also advise institutions
that were yet to update their requirements for the 2017 brochure to
urgently do so. Whatever waivers that might be applicable in
institutions should be clearly defined in the brochure,” he warned.
On the measures to sanitize the admission process, he said that sanitation is a very strong word.
“We will smoothen where things are not done properly by any of the
stakeholders in such a way that we will not only be doing what is right
but we will be seen by reasonable people to have done what is right.”
“What
I believe is that JAMB is there for equity, standard and justice and we
are going to work together with our colleagues in the institutions and I
have no doubt that the right thing will be done,” he said.
Also,
the Vice-Chancellor of Baze University and former Director-General of
the Nigerian Law School, Prof Tahir Mannan said this year’s admission is
going be one in which the choice of universities will be respected and
with justice and that students who made their choices will not be
dropped indiscriminately.
He said “There might have been
some problems in the past about students been dropped and discarded; it
is for this reason that they want to sanitize the admission process.”

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