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10-07-2016 22:45:00 +0000
The Joint Admissions and Matriculation Board
on Sunday said the point system copied from
its website as criteria for admission into
tertiary institutions in the country and
currently circulating was a mere illustration.
This was contained in a statement by the
board’s Head, Media and Information, Dr.
Fabian Benjamin, in Lagos.
According to the statement, the admission
of candidates into tertiary institutions will
be based purely on merit, catchment and
educationally less developed states.
It said that the point system that was copied
from the board’s website and currently
in circulation was used for illustration by the
Registrar, Prof. Dibu Ojerinde.
The statement read in part, “Sequel to the
recent workshop convened by the Minister of
Education on the modality for 2016 admission
into tertiary institutions in Nigeria, the
Federal Government approved the re-
enforcement of admissions guideline
recognised by law.
“This is following the cancellation of the
post-Unified Tertiary Matriculation
“This is not the point system as widely
circulated in some media.”
It read further, “For the avoidance of
doubt, the board wishes to state clearly that
the point system is an illustration by the
Registrar of JAMB.
“It is meant to demonstrate how a few
institutions were using the point system to
select candidates while some of their
counterparts were subjecting candidates to
“The illustrations are contained in a paper
presented by the registrar and placed on our
website and was adopted by the media
wrongly as the 2016 guideline for admission.”
It added that the 2016 admissions will be
conducted purely on the three existing
admission pillars of merit, catchment area
and educationally less developed states
through the following process.
According to the statement, firstly, a list of
candidates who qualified for screening into
individual institutions based on the three
stipulated criteria will be presented.
It added that such screening did not demand
for another test in any form written, oral or
According to the statement, candidates are
to present their Senior School Certificate
Examination results/Advanced Level results
for verification and clearing purposes.
It noted that WAEC, NECO and NBTE results
or its equivalent were acceptable as
The statement added that each candidate
was expected to have a minimum of five
credits at SSCE, including English,
Mathematics and any other three relevant
subjects to his or her discipline.
It said that the list of qualified candidates
awaiting SSCE/AL results could be kept in
view pending the release of their results.
“Any candidate that does not possess the
requirements as listed above is deemed to
have failed the screening.
“Consideration of the recommended list as
forward by JAMB should be completed within
one month from the date of receipt of the
“Any institution that has a shortfall in the
admitted candidates could make-up for
candidates from other departments on the
“Reasons for rejection of candidates on the
list should be clearly stated with proof
“This is imperative so that the general public
will note the correct process,’’ the
It said that the government had directed
that the guidelines must be strictly adhered
to without any alterations.