… to consider the use of personal devices for UTME
The Registrar, Joint Admissions and Matriculation Board (JAMB), Prof. Ishaq Oloyede says 557,626 candidates from 1.8 million applications have been admitted into tertiary institutions across the country in its 2022 admission processes.
Oloyede said this at the 2023 Policy Meeting on Admissions into Tertiary Institutions in Abuja Saturday.
Oloyede said that the 2022 admission process is still ongoing due to opportunities given to some key players in the sector to conduct admissions.
The registrar, who discredited notions from the public that admissions were given by JAMB, said admission depended on the availability of candidates’ five o’level requirements as UTME was only meant for admission ranking.
” As at June 19, tertiary institutions have admitted 557,626 candidates but as we speak today, the admission is up to 600,000 as we target about 700,000. This is because admission is still ongoing.
”We hear about cut-off marks by JAMB but the truth is that not the best candidate who scored the highest mark in UTME is the best candidate.
”Admission is based on the five o’level results that a candidate possess because we only make use of UTME for admission ranking. JAMB has not initiated admissions since 2016,” he said.
Speaking on gaps in admission vacancies and why candidates were not admitted, Oloyede said rigidity of programme choice and mismatch of demand and supply were responsible.
He also listed lack of interest for existing vacancies and trail-candidates (No o’level results or awaiting results) as responsible for admission gaps in the tertiary institutions.
He, therefore, said that the onus lied with institutions to determine the National Minimum Tolerable UTME score, often called the ‘Cut-off marks’.
The Permanent Secretary, the Federal Ministry of Education, David Adejo, urged the stakeholders to ensure fairness, transparency and accountability in the admission processes which determined the fate of millions of students.
Adejo called on admission stakeholders to ensure credibility in the process so that no candidate would be denied admission, as well as no deserving candidate, was given admission.
” The Federal Ministry of Education has resolved that the fundamental principle of the ministry is openness and this has been provided by JAMB through inclusiveness in the UTME.
” JAMB must ensure sanity and integrity of exams and admission must be based on agreed guidelines to deepen accountability, transparency and fairness.
” Criteria for admissions remained critical by JAMB and all institutions must abide by them as we need to stick to the approved quota for admission,” he said.
In a goodwill message, the Executive Secretary of, National Universities commission (NUC), Prof. Abubakar Rasheed commended the board on its role in ensuring sanity in the education sector.
Rasheed, represented by the Deputy Executive Secretary of the commission, Chris Maiyaki pledged the commission’s commitment with JAMB to fulfill its mandate.
He said that the policy meeting was a game-changer moment for tertiary institutions to take the leading role in the education sector.
In the same vein, the Chairman, JAMB Equal Opportunity Group, Prof. Peter Okebukola commended the JAMB lauded the board for the interest in the education of the visually impaired and other physically challenged candidates.
Okebukola said in the last several years, the board had processed admissions of 2,700 candidates who were visually impaired, those in the correctional centers and the down syndrome candidates.
He added that the Nigerian higher education system was the ‘move and shaker’ of African higher education sector, hence the need to get things right especially in the area of admission processes.
The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that the policy meeting had in attendance representatives from the National Association of Nigerian Students (NANS), Vice Chancellors of Universities and Rectors of Polytechnics.
Others are Provosts of Colleges of Education (COE), Registrars and Admission Officers of tertiary institutions, Heads of Federal Agencies, National Youth Service Corp (NYSC) and the National Commission for Colleges of Education (NCCE).
Meanwhile, the board had stated also that it is contemplating a new policy to allow the Unified Tertiary Matriculation Examination (UTME) candidates write the examinations with their personal phones and other devices.
The Registrar of JAMB, Prof. Ishaq Oloyede disclosed weekend at the 2023 Policy Meeting on Admissions to Tertiary Institutions.
He said this proposed policy was based on the rising cost of logistics in taking the UTME nationwide.
According to him, it cost the JAMB over N1.2billion to equip a Computer Based Test (CBT) centre in Kaduna state, particularly in procuring computers which candidates use to take the examination.
”The policy which falls under the “Bring Your Own Device” may require candidates wishing to take UTME in the future to bring their own devices to the examination hall,” he said.
At the policy meeting, the registrar expressed concern over the crave for university education among candidates at the detriment of polytechnics and colleges of education.
While condemning the wide disparity in admission quotas in the country, he advised aspiring candidates to explore other options within the tertiary education sector for admission. (NAN)