The Joint Admissions and Matriculation Board (JAMB) has revealed that for any candidate to be offered admission in 2017/2018 session, he/she must meet the combination of JAMB cut-off marks, post-UTME, ‘O’ level results and other admission criteria as determined by the institution of choice.
JAMB Registrar, Prof. Is-haq Oloyede, made this known on Thursday at a Training and Sensitization Forum on Central Admissions Processing System (CAPS) for admission offers, candidates and stakeholders on in Abuja.
Oloyede said that scoring higher than the minimum cut-off marks did not guarantee admission, though it does make candidates eligible for admission consideration.
He said: “Scoring higher than the cut-off mark does not guarantee admission but makes the candidate eligible for admission consideration. It is not UTME that qualifies the person. It is O level, A level that qualifies a person for admission.
“That is why you can go from here to UK, you can go to Ghana, Uganda, Republic of Benin, nobody ask you of your UTME, they ask for your O level because by law it is the school cert that qualifies you not JAMB.”
According to him, the cut-off mark by JAMB is only a threshold below which no institution can admit candidates.
“JAMB is not an examination body; rather, it is a ranking body. If there are enough spaces in the tertiary institutions, there may not be need for UTME.
“JAMB is a screening body to rank already qualified candidates. It is a coordinating and clearing house.
“The cut-off mark is not a pass or fail mark. It is not the total score but one of many factors such as post-UTME (where applicable), ‘O’ Level results scoring, etc.,” he added.
He also warned that JAMB will not tolerate illegal admissions by any higher institution, adding that students admitted illegally won’t be regularised anymore.
He continued: “We know that we have abused the process. What we have been doing is to send N5,000 each to JAMB in the name of regularization without capturing their picture, without capturing anything. You pay N5,000 and then they are regularized.”
“We have not stopped to do backlog but from 2016 upward we will not allow anybody to do backdoor admission. Anybody that is not properly admitted cannot benefit from regularization.”