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Implication of JAMB New Admission Policy On Admission Seekers

According to a report in the weekly bulletin of the Joint Admissions and Matriculation Board (JAMB) published on Monday, October 25, 2021, the board is taking a hardline position against admission it tagged as regular. According to the bulletin, any admission not routed through JAMB is illegal. This includes admission into part time, sandwich and distance learning programs. This decision is going to have far reaching implications on admission seekers.

By this policy, only candidates that have the required ordinary/advanced level results will be cleared for admission by the board. This will therefore make it impossible for schools to admit candidates awaiting results. Candidates that took part in the preceding Unified Tertiary Institutions Matriculation Examination (UTME) are also expected to be given preference.

For the candidates, they need to first apply through the board before applying to his school of choice. This costs three thousand five hundred naira exclusive of bank charges and VAT. However, such candidates will only be required to change their program of choice (this costs two thousand five hundred naira) if they had partaken in the preceding UTME. After the institution has ratified the admission, each applicant will need to print admission letter from JAMB EFACILLITY portal. One main challenge that candidates will face is that they will need to get to a JAMB office or CBT centre to make such application since it cannot be done elsewhere. This implies that some admission seekers will have to risk their lives travelling from one end of a state to another. Candidates will also have pay three times for the same admission (twice to JAMB and once to the institution of choice).

Apart from thee security associated with the process, the odds of catching the dreaded Coronavirus Disease when many people from a state gather at one office for such registration is high.

JAMB needs to rethink this policy because of the attendant risks. First, candidates that partook in UTME should be allowed to make a change to a part time program at no cost. Second, the cost of application for non-UTME applicants should be reduced. Finally, candidates should be allowed to apply for such programs without visiting JAMB office or CBT centre. 

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