Joint Admissions and Matriculation Board, JAMB, said it was set to commence processes for provisional admission of candidates into various tertiary institutions for the 2016 academic year.
A statement signed by the head of information of the board, Dr Fabian Benjamin, and made available to Nigerian Pilot yesterday read that the exercise which is sequel to the successful completion of the 2016 Unified Tertiary Matriculation Examination, UTME, would peak immediately after a policy meeting to determine the modalities.
According to Dr Benjamin, the said meeting which would be presided over by the Minister of Education, Mallam Adamu Adamu, would set the tone for the entire exercise after due consideration of all issues expected to ensure a successful admission process devoid of complaints and controversies.
He further explained that it was at this policy meeting that admission cut-off marks for the various categories of tertiary institutions would be decided and approved by relevant institutions, adding that federal government admission guidelines and regulations would be articulated in relation to performances in previous years for purposes of checks and balances.
Those expected to participate in the policy meeting are heads of all tertiary institutions – vice-chancellors, rectors, provost, registrars and relevant stakeholders like the National Universities Commission, NUC, National Youth Service Corps and others.
“The Honourable Minister has directed that all those expected to attend the policy meeting should be present to forestall a situation where decisions reached at the meeting is not adhered to by institutions on the excuse that they were not at the meeting.
“He said he would not tolerate any flagrant disregard of decisions made at the policy with respect to admissions in the current year. Some of this decision borders on admissions deadlines and quota system which some institutions has failed to comply with and other sharp practices capable of undermining the entire admission process,” Banjamin stated.
JAMB commended the minister for his interest in the current admission process and all other effort at sanitising the sector and ensuring that the lost glory of education were returned and restored, noting that with the support of other stakeholders, the efforts would certainly yield desirable outcomes in no distant time.
Meanwhile, JAMB has called on the general public to follow the current admission process keenly, warning that approved cut-off points were, as usual, minimum score pruning mechanisms and institutions were at liberty to go higher depending on their peculiarities.


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