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JAMB Gives Reasons For Reverting New Policy On Admission

The Joint Admission and Matriculation Board, JAMB, has finally reverted its new admission policy of reassigning candidates from oversubscribed universities to poorly subscribed universities.

According to the JAMB policy, students were barred candidates from writing the post-Unifying Tertiary Matriculation Examination tests of the universities of their first choices unless those recommended by the examination body.

The new policy, which had greeted a lot protests from both the candidates and parents, was reversed by the examination body and they have lifted the ban earlier placed on some universities, including University of Lagos, University of Ibadan, University of Ilorin and Imo State University, from conducting the post-UTME for any other candidates other than those recommended to them by JAMB.

The JAMB’s Public Relations Officer, Dr. Fabian Benjamin, said the board reversed the policy in response to the demands by the candidates, asking to be accorded the opportunity to fight for the available spaces in the universities of their choice.

He however, revealed that the redistribution of the candidates to needy universities will not stop, saying that those redistributed candidates can still write the postUTME tests in their universities of first choice and still go ahead to write post UME tests in those universities they were redistributed .

“JAMB, as a responsible and responsive body wouldn’t have closed its ears against the cries of the candidates. But the redistribution still holds and the advantage is just that these candidates who have been redistributed have chances of writing post-UTME in two places” he said. Benjamin said that JAMB was only interested in ensuring that candidates are offered admission rather than wasting their high scores concentrating their efforts on a single institution.

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