2016 admissions: JAMB won’t interfere with candidates’ list – Oloyede

THE Registrar and Chief Executive of Joint Admissions and Matriculations Board, Professor Is-haq Oloyede has said the Board will not tinker with the list of candidates sent by institutions for the 2016 admissions, either by addition or removing of names.

He said this in his speech delivered during the ongoing technical meeting on 2016 admissions to first choice institutions at the Bayero University Kano made available to newsmen on Tuesday in Abuja.

Oloyede said JAMB was committed to ensuring that admissions were concluded before or by the approved deadline of November 30, 2016 because “to whom much is given, a lot is expected.”

He also warned that no name of candidate must emanate from any other source outside the list prepared and recommended by the tertiary institutions.

He noted that each year, the Board convenes the meeting for the placement of suitably qualified candidates into tertiary institutions taking into consideration the vacancies available in the institutions, guidelines approved for each institution by their respective proprietors and preference expressed for the institutions and courses by the candidates.

He said: “As usual, the 2016 admissions will be as smooth as ever. 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 should and will be as they have always been. The Senate or academic board of each institution has the prerogative of admitting candidates to their respective institutions subject of course only to national policies.

These policies includes: “guidelines stipulated by the proprietors of the institutions; 60:40 (Science/Art) ratio for conventional universities; 80:20 (Science/Art) ratio for non-conventional universities and 70:30 (Technology/Non-Technology) ratio for National Diploma Awarding Institutions.

“Use of 2016 JAMB UTME results printouts for all candidates who scored 180 and above; adherence to subject combinations of various courses as specified by the Senate/Academic Board and included in the 2016 UTME brochure and adherence to the 2016 admissions quota as prescribed by the regulatory bodies (NUC/NBTE/NCCE)”.

JAMB also urged the federal universities to ensure that the criteria stipulated by the Federal Executive Council concerning merit, catchment and educationally less developed states should be complied with.

Oloyede stressed that in the discharge of this national assignment, it was important that all stakeholders act with focus on what is beneficial to the largest number of Nigerians.

“We must avoid adding to the burden of the masses of our people who rightly yearn for higher education as a veritable means of active participation in public life,” he said.

He said: “While urging us to work hard and exhibit commitment, synergy and cooperation between the board and the institutions, I assure you all that the hands of fellowship, which my predecessors have extended to the institutions would be strengthened for the advancement of national goals.

“My immediate predecessor, Prof ‘Dibu Ojerinde, in particular and his predecessors in general have lifted the board to an enviable standard of international repute and we cannot afford to do less.

“It must be made categorically clear that the task of JAMB is coordination and not substitution of the traditional responsibilities of the senates/academic boards of tertiary institutions.

“Consequently, no candidate must emanate from any other source (JAMB inclusive) outside the list prepared and recommended by the institutions.

“JAMB has the right to reject candidates for non-compliance with extant rules and regulations but will not be allowed to substitute or originate any names without the prior concurrence of the institutions.

“We should ensure that the admissions exercise is concluded before or by the approved deadline of November 30, 2016,” he said.