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JAMB Makes U-turn, Insists On Re-distribution Of Candidates

Posted: Jul 29, 2015 at 12:10 am   /   by   /   comments (0)

By Oyeniran Apata  –  LAgos 


In what has been tagged as a reversal, authority of the Joint Admission and Matriculation Board (JAMB), on Tuesday, modified its controversial admission policy, which would have barred many candidates from writing the post-Unifying Tertiary Matriculation Examination (UTME) tests in institutions of their choice.

As the news of the modification filtered across university campuses yesterday afternoon, candidates in their hundreds alongside the leadership of the Association of Tutorial School Operators trooped to the streets of Akoka in jubilation of what they referred to as their victory against JAMB and the University of Lagos (UNILAG), Akoka.

The new policy, which was greeted by spontaneous protests from both the candidates and their parents, was modified by JAMB. With the new arrangement, the ban earlier placed on some universities including UNILAG, University of Ibadan, University of Ilorin and Imo State University, from conducting the post-UTME for any other candidates other than those recommended to them by the board has been lifted.

Speaking with Daily Independent on-line, JAMB’s Public Relations Officer, Mr. Fabian Benjamin, who stated that the step taken by the board was modification and not reversal, explained that the board shifted ground in response to the demands by the individual candidates to be accorded the opportunity to fight for the available slots.

Benjamin, however, revealed that the redistribution of the candidates to other needy universities would not stop and that those redistributed candidates can as well write the post-UTME tests in their universities of first choice and still proceed to where they are redistributed to take part in their screening tests. He said; “JAMB as a responsible and responsive body wouldn’t have closed its ears against the cries of its candidates. But the redistribution still holds and the advantage is just that these candidates who have been redistributed have chances of writing post-UTME in two places.”

Benjamin added that JAMB was only interested in ensuring that the candidates are offered admission rather than wasting their high scores concentrating their efforts on a single institution.

Speaking with newsmen, the National President of the Association of Tutorial School Operators, Mr. Oludotun Sodunke, who had led the students to challenge the new policy in court, said the victory belonged to Nigerians.