From Fred Ezeh, Abuja
The Joint Admissions and Matriculation Board (JAMB) and other stakeholders have commenced putting finishing touches to admission processes in the various institutions in order to beat the November 30, 2016 deadline set by JAMB.
The Board however, said that its doors remain open to attend to legitimate requests of its stakeholders and clients in a collective quest to be reasonable, efficient and helpful to the development of the nation and humanity. The body stressed that it shall always be flexible in its decisions, except in cases, where flexibility is unethical or inimical to national interest.
JAMB Registrar, Professor Ishaq Oloyede, who spoke yesterday at the extra-ordinary 2016 Technical Committee Meeting on Admissions into First (1st) Choice Institutions at Baze University, Abuja, reminded the stakeholders that the deadline date remains sacrosanct, thus urging them to put in extra effort to beat the deadline.
“I need to restate that the Senate and the Academic Boards of the institutions have the responsibility of recommending candidates to JAMB for admissions. It is also important to know that the Board will not initiate or insert any candidate(s), but will ensure that no candidate is unjustly treated by any institution. So, we are referee for justice, equity and standards,” he said.
He however, advised institutions that are yet to update their requirements for the 2017 brochure to urgently do so.
Oloyede said, “whatever waivers that might be applicable in institutions should be clearly defined in the brochure. A situation where requirements that were not stated in the brochure to guide candidates suddenly appear during admissions exercise would not be accepted. 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.»
The JAMB chief executive informed candidates that the only approved difference between the previous admission exercises and 2016 exercise, which was the recent abolition of written Post-UTME.
“Aside that, all other processes including, the exclusive right of Senate or Academic Board of each institution on admissions of candidates subject only to national policies remains intact,” he said.