The Federal Government has overruled the Joint
Admissions and Matriculation Board on its new
admission policy that recently sparked off protests
in parts of the country.
The Permanent Secretary, Ministry of Education, Mr.
MacJohn Nwaobiala, disclosed this to State House
correspondents on Tuesday, after briefing President
Muhammadu Buhari of his ministry’s activities and
challenges at the Presidential Villa, Abuja.
JAMB had, at its 2015 Combined Policy Meeting,
adopted a policy whereby candidates of universities
with surplus applicants for the Unified Tertiary
Matriculation Examinations are reassigned to other
universities with lower number of applicants than
Protest started at the University of Lagos when the
institution’s authorities announced that only
candidates whose names were officially forwarded
by JAMB are eligible to participate in this year’s
Nwaobiala told reporters that the decision was
jointly taken at a stakeholders’ meeting that had
parents and others in attendance.
He said because of the dust raised by the
development, the Federal Government had
commenced consultation with the aim of identifying
where adjustments could be made.
He however said students that made the cut-off
marks have been directed to go and write post-
UME examinations in their schools of first choice
since that was the bone of contention.
Nwaobiala said, “This JAMB thing has been there.
As the policy making body, when these issues were
raised, they raised in a stakeholders meeting. We
normally have what we call the policy meeting.
Everything about admission are discussed with
parents and other stakeholders at the meeting.
“These are decisions that we collectively took.
However, we have a listening hear. We have taken
a lot of the issues raised into consideration and we
are consulting to see the adjustments we can make
here and there.
“The directive has been given. All the students that
made the cut-off marks have been told to go and
write post-UME examinations in their schools of
first choice. After, they can go to their schools of
second choice. That has been the bone of
On the threat by the West African Examinations
Council to withhold the results of candidates in 19
states, who wrote the May/June 2015 WASSCE
following unpaid examination fees by the state
governments, Nwaobiala appealed to states to fulfil
Culled from Punch
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