According to reports emerging from the ongoing JAMB policy meeting, JAMB will likely be using a system known as the Central Admission Processing System (CAPS) fro the 2017/2018 admission exercise. This is to ensure quality control, transparency and credibility of the admission process.
An official who was present at the meeting disclosed that the new policy will create a “market platform” on JAMB portal where institutions can request for students in Nigeria who has met their cut-off marks.
It was gathered that these institutions will write to JAMB to request for the students. The students will be given three days to respond either to accept or reject any admission being offered to them. However, only three universities can request for a candidate if the policy is adopted.
The new policy will equally allow institutions to set their cut off marks after meeting with their respective senates.
The Senate or academic boards of institution will also have the power to ‘set percentages for JAMB scores, school and O’level results. These will be calculated to get the students’ cut off marks for Post-UTME.’
It was also learnt that JAMB wants to ensure there is a unified time for closing admission in all universities.
If the policy sails through, there will be a portal for admission which will be based on cut off points, quota system and catchment areas.
An admission officer of one of the tertiary constitutions who was present at the meeting stated that “the new system is such that institutions can only admit those who meet their cut off points, if a candidate does not meet the cut off, no matter whom he or she knows, such person cannot be admitted.”
The intended policy also looks out for students who are unable to go for National Youth Service, NYSC, because they do not have JAMB admission letters. This set of students could be asked to pay a fee, about N10,000 for regularisation and would be able to go for the youth service.
JAMB is expected to formally brief journalists on these new policies as well as announce the cut-off marks after its meeting on Tuesday afternoon.