Exam body releases tertiary institutions admission guidelines

Temitope mustapha, Abuja

The Joint Admissions and Matriculation Board, JAMB has announced the release of its guidelines for the 2016 admissions’ process in Nigeria.

The method, described as the point system option, was adopted after an a one-week extensive meeting JAMB had with universities and other tertiary institutions’ administrators.

According to the guidelines contained in a statement placed on its website on Monday night, JAMB said that the modalities were going to be based on point system.

Charging fees
Explaining how the admission process would work for the Unified Tertiary Matriculation Examination candidates and direct entry students, the board stated that universities were going to charge fees for screening of candidates at the end of the process for admission.

According to JAMB, the new method uses a point system to offer provisional admission to candidates.

“Before a candidate can be considered for screening, he or she must have been offered a provisional admission by JAMB. The JAMB admission checker portal is going to be opened soon for this process, so praying is all you can do now,” JAMB said.

‘Point tally’
The second process, it said, was the point system where admission would depend on the point tally of the candidate.

The statement said, “JAMB’s provisional admission no longer makes much sense this year, your points tally will decide your faith. The points are evenly spread out between your O’ Level and JAMB results to provide a level-playing field for all.”

“In the first case, any candidate who submits only one result which contains his or her relevant subjects already has 10 points. The exam could be National Examination Council-NECO, West African Senior School Certificate ExaminationWASSCE, November/December WASSCE etc, but any candidate who has two sittings only gets 2 points. So this means that candidates with only one result are at an advantage.”

The exam body further stressed that the “next point grades fell into the O’ Level grades where each grade would have it equivalent point;  A=6 marks, B=4 marks, C=3 marks, so the better the candidates’  grades, the better his or her  chances of securing admission this year.”

“The next point is the UTME scores where each score range has its equivalent point which can be summarised thus, 180-200=20-23 marks, 200-250=24-33 points, 251-300=34-43, 300-400=44-60 points,” it explained.
Giving a breakdown, JAMB said each category would contain five JAMB results per point added. For example a candidate with 180-185 gets 20 points, while a candidate with 186-190 gets 21 points.

JAMB said the point system for direct entry would be released soon while fees would still be charged for screening which would replace the Post UTME test.

JAMB also emphasised that catchment and educationally less-developed States would still be used for admission into the nation’s tertiary institutions.

It added that, “Merit contains 45 per cent of the total candidates for a particular course; Catchment contains 35 per cent and Educationally Less Developed States, ELDS and staff lists contain the rest. Cut off marks will be released by the institutions this year in the form of points and not marks.

“If a school declares its cut off mark for Medicine as 90 points and JAMB grants a candidate with 250 a provisional admission but his or her total points falls short of the 90 points, then he or she would lose the admission. So the provisional admission is just a means to an end, not the end in itself.”