By Fred Ezeh
THE Joint Admissions and Matriculation Board (JAMB) has said the points system as criteria for admission into tertiary institutions in the country was a mere illustration.
This was contained in a statement by the board’s Head of Media and Information, Dr Fabian Benjamin, yesterday, in Lagos.
JAMB said the Federal Government had approved re-enforcement of admission guideline as recognised by law.
According to the statement, admission of candidates into tertiary institutions would be based purely on three pillars namely: merit, catchment and educationally less-developed states.
The statement, candidates are to present their Senior School Certificate Examination (SSCE) results/Advanced Level (AL) results for verification and clearing purposes.
The statement added that each candidate is expected to have a minimum of five credits at SSCE, including English, Mathematics and any other three relevant subjects to his or her discipline.
It also added that the list of qualified candidates awaiting SSCE/AL results could be kept in view, pending the release of their results.
The board said the points ssystem, copied from its website last week and currently in circulation, was simply used for illustration by its Registrar, Prof. Dibu Ojerinde.
“Sequel to the recent workshop convened by the Minister of Education, Mallam Adamu Adamu on the modality for 2016 admission into tertiary institutions in Nigeria, the federal government approved the re-enforcement of admissions guideline recognised by law.
“This followed the cancellation of the post Unified Tertiary Matriculation Examination (UTME).
“This is not the points system as widely circulated. It was meant to demonstrate how few institutions were using the points system to select candidates while some were subjecting candidates to written tests.
In a related development, JAMB disclosed a statement posted on its website that the Computer Base Test (CBT) for the conduct of exams for candidates seeking admission into universities has not been scrapped.
Few weeks ago, Education minister affirmed that JAMB is the only statutory body to conduct admission exams into higher institutions and any other one in that regard is contrary to the country’s Constitution and should be stopped.