JAMB Scraps Awaiting Result as it Introduces Fourth Choice of School

JAMB Scraps Awaiting Result as it Introduces Fourth Choice of School

Change they say is the only constant thing in life. As the day passes by, different organisations, institutions and administration come up with new policies. This time the mantle has fallen on the Joint Admission and Matriculation Board (JAMB).

The Joint Admission and Matriculation Board (JAMB) has announced that candidates who have not received their O’level results will not be able to apply or secure admission in higher institutions.

Hmm! Are you kidding me? I can't easily forget those days when JAMB examination/UME was the only criterion for students to secure admission in higher institution. Then nobody needed to bother about aptitude test/post UME. It was like that for sometime before the post UTME matter started parading itself. Now the latest is 'No more Awaiting Result (AR)." In other words, you must get your O'level results (WAEC or NECO) intact before applying for JAMB examination.

In a statement released on Tuesday, February 28, the examination body said it was part of its restructuring plan for 2017 and that it would prevent students from securing spots they are not qualified for.

The board promised that the sales of form will commence in March and warned candidates against the use of  cyber cafe for its registration.It would also interest you to know that the examination body has also introduced a fourth choice of school option for candidates but candidates would be able to select only one government school.

Read the detailed statement below:

The Joint Admissions and Matriculation Board, JAMB, has concluded all restructuring, transformation, reforms and other preparation for the 2017 UTME and is now set to commence the sale of its application document in March, 2017.We sincerely appreciate the patience exhibited by Nigerians in allowing us take time to add value to the services we have been offering to Nigerians for over three decades. 
Because we need a different and progressive result that will position Nigerian educational system in an enviable height in the comity of nations, then we must do things differently. The Board is poised to see that a reasonable percentage of candidates who take this examination and are qualified find placement in tertiary institutions. 
In the cause of conducting admission exercise, many institutions have admitted candidates on merit only for them to discover that such candidates do not have qualified O’levels results or the right combination for admission and had to delete and start the process all over again. With this, they would have denied other qualified candidates the opportunities for admissions. 
This we are addressing by ensuring that no candidate is henceforth recommended without his O’levels result being supplied. To achieve this, JAMB will insist that candidates supply their result on its website during registration or later, but before admissions commences for them to be considered for admissions. We believe this will allow only qualified candidates to be considered for admissions. 
We have designed a Central Admissions Processing System (CAPS) where the Board will interface with the institutions and ensure the compliance of this reform. The summary is that no candidate will be admitted with awaiting result. Candidates and their parents are also to note that the Board has restructured the registration platform to allow for only one choice of Public University. The new registration platform will now be first choice, second choice, third choice and fourth choice and not most preferred, preferred etc as it was. 
Candidates’ first choice can be a College, University, Innovative Enterprises Institutions or Polytechnic/Monotechnic. However, if a candidate makes a Public University his first choice, he will not have any public University to choose for 2nd, 3rd and 4th choice. He will have on the remaining three choices, a College, a Polytechnic, Private University and IEI’S. However, candidates for the 2017 UTME can now select NCE (College) or ND (Polytechnic/Monotechnic) as their 1st choice up to 3rd choice and the 4th IEI. They can select the IEI (Innovative Enterprise Institution, ND) as their 1st choice up to the 4th choice, but can only pick a public university once. 
This restructuring is to expand the opportunities available to candidates as almost all the public universities do not consider candidates on the second choice list because they hardly exhaust their first choice. 
The registration of UTME this year will go side by side with the Direct Entry and during registration, candidates 10 fingeare to be captured using Biometric Verification Machine (BVN). 
Again, we want to inform candidates that no cyber caf√© will be registering candidates for our examination. On no account should any candidate patronize any cybercaf√© for our registration. It is important to note that the Board will not deploy the use of any scratch card for the 2017 UTME registration exercise. 

Tamuno Reuben

Those who seek knowledge seek power because the pen is mightier than the sword.

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