FG overrules JAMB on new admission policy

By The Rainbow

Succour has come the way of many students and parents who became agitated over the new admission policy of the Joint Admission and Matriculation Board JAMB. The policy was heralded with nationwide outcry, and so the federal government has eventually put the policy on hold for now.

Consequently, students that made the official cut-off marks had been directed to go and write post-UTME examinations in their schools of first choice and later, with their second choice; thus, ending the controversy that had trailed the new policy.

Also, the Federal Government had commenced consultations, with the aim of identifying where adjustments could be made.

These were made known to newsmen in Abuja by the Permanent Secretary of the Federal Ministry of Education, MacJohn ‎Nwaobiala‎, shortly after leading the ministry's delegation to brief President Muhammadu Buhari on its activities and challenges, at the Presidential Villa.

Earlier, JAMB had, at its 2015 combined policy meeting, adopted a policy whereby candidates of universities, with surplus applicants for the Unified Tertiary Matriculation Examinations (UTME) are re-assigned to other universities with lower number of applicants than their capacities.

This action led to  protests which started at the University of Lagos, when the institution's authorities announced that only candidates whose names were officially forwarded by JAMB, were eligible to participate in this year's post-UTME of the institution.

According to Nwaobiala, the decision was jointly taken at a stakeholders meeting, which had parents and others in attendance.

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