ASUU Strike: JAMB Speaks On Cancelling Admissions
The Joint Admissions and Matriculation Board (JAMB) has reacted to speculations that it may have cancelled some admissions due to the academic imbalance brought about by the protracted strike by the Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU).
The exam body stated on Wednesday that respective institutions are responsible for admitting students into their academic sessions, not JAMB.
Speaking before the commencement of the National Executive Council (NEC) meeting of the Non-Academic Staff Union of Educational and Associated Institutions (NASU) that was held in Abuja yesterday, JAMB Registrar, Prof. Ishaq Oloyede said the entrance examination body did not cancel or defer any admission to universities, polytechnics or colleges of education.
According to Oloyede, institutions are currently running three different sessions due to the effect of the ASUU strike.
He therefore admonished students to interact with their respective institutions to understand which session is currently on.
The JAMB boss said: “The onus of admitting students lies on the respective institutions. JAMB is a coordinating centre. JAMB cannot and will not determine the institution’s calendar. Universities and special institutions are still in their 2020/2021 academic session. Some are in the 2021/2022 academic session, and others are in the 2022/2023 academic session. We have three academic sessions running in universities in different parts of the country. I advise that candidates interact with their respective institutions to know which session is going on and contact JAMB only after that.
“No admission has been cancelled for any session, or any institution except the senate of that institution says so. We have all admissions for these three sessions, and they have not lapsed, and they will not lapse, and it is now for the institutions to determine which and how to go about it.”
JAMB Scraps Mop-Up UTME, Reveals Why
In September, JAMB as a way of curbing exam malpractice, insisted that all candidates must be biometrically verified before taking the Unified Tertiary Matriculation Examination (UTME).
The examination body announced the scrapping of the mop-up examination it introduced in 2017 for candidates who register for the Unified Tertiary Matriculation Examination (UTME) but could not verify their biometrics.
Naija News reports that the board in its Weekly Bulletin from the office of the Registrar, Prof. Is-haq Oloyede, explained that the latest development emanated from the management’s rigorous review of the 2022 UTME exercise with the need to close all loopholes noticed during the examination.
It said it has come to the end of an era whereby some candidates will present themselves at the examination venue and claim difficulty to be biometrically verified and expect the system to allow them to sit for the examination is gone for good.
The statement on JAMB’s bulletin said: “It will be recalled that the board, out of magnanimity, has allowed such candidates to be rescheduled for the mop-up UTME introduced in 2017.
“However, the board has, of late, realised the futility of such an arrangement after assessing the process and its impact on the entire examination value chain.
“Consequently, the board’s management has regrettably resolved that all candidates must be verified to sit for their examination as there will be no more mop-ups UTME for whatever reason.
“To cater for the few that may have genuine cases of inability to be captured, such candidates are to indicate such difficulty from the point of registration clearly.
“This is so that they can be assigned to a centre situated within the National headquarters of the board for close monitoring.”