Admissions into all tertiary institutions for the 2016 Academic Year will not be done arbitrarily and must follow due process.
The Registrar of the Joint Admissions and Matriculation Board, Professor Ishaq Oloyede said this in Abuja during the Extra Ordinary Technical Committee Meeting on 2016 Admissions.
Professor Oloyede, told the meeting which was for the placement of suitably qualified candidates into tertiary institutions, that tertiary institutions should follow due process in the admissions process.
“We will not accept whatever is done arbitrarily. I hope those that are here will make adjustments. They must be able to explain why somebody with a high score was not given admissions.
What we are saying is that people should follow due process. Universities have the right to have criteria for admission but the criteria must be reasonable; the criteria must be explicit.”
He stressed that the Board would not initiate or insert any candidates but would ensure that no candidate was unjustly treated by any institution.
“I therefore re-state my earlier submission that the Senate and academic boards of the institutions have the primary responsibility of recommending candidates to the Joint Admissions and Matriculation Board for admissions.”
Oloyede added that the only difference between the 2016 admissions process and what has always been the practice,is the policy that there should be no written post-UTME test.
He hinted that the first batch of the 2016 admissions would be out before third week of September.
“What we said was that some of the recommedations the institutions brought earlier were not explicit in terms of criteria, and we have ásked our colleagues in the universities to send better criteria.
I have a particular school where the person who scored the highest was not taken and the reason was because the university changed its rules. That will not be accepted.
You cannot change the rules when the game is on. You have to wait till 2017 to publish the new rules . You cannot have a particular rule and change to another.”
The Registrar restated that Jamb would work with all stakeholders to smoothen all processes.
“Where things are not done properly, we will not be only doing what is right but we will be seen by reasonable people, that we have done what is right.”
Speaking on carrying capacities of schools, Oloyede said ” I think it’s a national problem where people over shoot their carrying capacity. That will certainly be against the rules and it will affect quality of students.
Only few institutions are admitting below carrying capacity due to certain issues.
What we have said is that if there are qualified candidates in your list, I dont know why they are not been admitted.”