THE Joint Admissions and Matriculation Board (JAMB) insisted yesterday that it would demand for the records of ordinary and advanced level results of candidates recommended by tertiary institutions before offering them admission.
JAMB Registrar Prof. Is-haq Oloyede said this during this year’s meeting on Admissions Exercise for the Innovative Enterprise Institutions in Abuja. Oloyede said the board would for the first time demand a proper screening of candidates’ records before offering them admission. He lamented a situation, where candidates were admitted in the past without the requisite requirements, saying that this had led to increase in illegal admissions in tertiary institutions.
The registrar insisted that institutions must maintain the standard set by the board beginning from this year’s admission. He said: “From this year now, we are demanding records of the O’levels of the candidates you are admitting and that is for the first time.
“When you recommend a person for admission, we want to see what qualification does he or she possess not just telling me that he or she scored 300 in UTME.
What of the real qualification? “It used to be left to the discretion of the institutions. We are saying the standard must be maintained.
“Some of the people who are criticising JAMB, by the time they see the outcome, they will see that this step is towards increasing quality and avoiding the fraud that has been going on in the admission process.” Oloyede said the agency would stop the regularisation of all forms of illegal admissions conducted by tertiary institutions from this year.
According to him, any admission done under the table would not be regularised, warning candidates and tertiary institutions to desist from engaging in any form of illegal admission.
The registrar said: “Illegal admission used to go on and we are saying part of our effort is to make sure we put a stop to illegal admission.
“Illegal admission in terms of people not even taking the unified tertiary matriculation examination (UTME) at all not to talk of scoring zero.
“Illegal admission by even admitting people who do not have the requisite ordinary level (O’level) because before now, JAMB does not have the record of their O’level.” Oloyede warned that any candidate, who fails to upload his or her O’level result on the board’s website, would not be offered admission.