The Joint Admissions and Matriculation Board (JAMB) has urged tertiary institutions across the country to follow due process in the 2016 admission, saying that admission will not be done arbitrarily.
The Registrar of the Joint Admissions and Matriculation Board, Professor Ishaq Oloyede said this in Abuja during the Extra Ordinary Technical committee Meeting on 2016 Admissions.
“We will not accept whatever is done arbitrarily. I hope those that are here will make adjustment They must be able to explain why somebody with high score was not given admissions”
“What we are saying is that people should follow due process, universities have the right to have criteria for admission but the criteria must be reasonable, the criteria must be explicit “
Professor Oloyede who disclosed that the meeting was for the placement of suitably qualified candidates into tertiary institutions, stressed that the board will not initiate or insert any candidates but will ensure that no candidate is unjustly treated by any institutions.
“I therefore restate my earlier submission that the Senate and academic boards of the institutions have the primary responsibility of recommending candidates to the Joint Admissions and Matriculation Board for admissions”
Oloyede added that the only difference between the 2016 admissions process and what has always been the practice, is the policy that there should be no written post UTME test.
He hinted that the first batch of the 2016 admissions will be out before third week of September.
“What we said was that some of the recommedation the institutions brought earlier were not explicit in terms of criteria, And we have ásked our colleagues in the universities to send better criterias “
“I have a particular school where the person who score the highest was not taken and the reason was because the university changed it rules. That will not be accepted”
“You cannot change the rules when the game is on. You have to wait till 2017 to publish the new rules you cannot have a particular rule and changed to another”
The registrar restated that Jamb will work with all stakeholders to smoothen all processes.
“Where things are not done properly we will not be only doing what is right but we will be seen by reasonable people that we have done what is right”
Speaking on Carrying Capacities of schools, Oloyede said the issue remains a national problem ,he cited instances where institutions admit students over shooting their capacities.
“I think its a national problem where people over shoot their carrying capacity that will certainly be against the rules and it will affect quality of students”
“Only few institutions are admitting below carrying capacity due to certain issues”
“What we have said is that if they are qualified candidates in your list and I don’t know why they are not been admitted.”