JAMB: Nigerian Universities Embrace Credible Admission Processes

JAMB: Nigerian Universities Embrace Credible Admission Processes

by Amforgod J. Olisa

In a significant development, the Joint Admissions and Matriculation Board (JAMB) has reported a decline in the demand for post-Unified Tertiary Matriculation Examination (post-UTME) by most Nigerian universities. This shift, according to JAMB’s Public Communication Advisor, Dr. Fabian Benjamin, is attributed to the enhanced credibility and efficiency in the examination and candidate selection processes.

Speaking to Nigerian Tribune, Dr. Fabian Benjamin highlighted the pivotal role of technology in revolutionizing the examination and admission procedures under the leadership of JAMB Registrar, Professor Ishaq Oloyede . Benjamin emphasized that the introduction of the Central Admission Processing System (CAPS) in 2017 has been instrumental in streamlining admission procedures and curbing irregularities that marred the manual processes.

One of the notable reforms initiated by Professor Oloyede is the implementation of biometric verification and mandatory use of National Identification Number (NIN) for registration, aimed at thwarting attempts by candidates to engage proxy test-takers.

Dr. Benjamin pointed out that universities, recognizing the credibility and transparency of JAMB’s processes, have begun to prioritize the screening of candidates’ credentials over conducting separate post-UTME examinations. This paradigm shift underscores the effectiveness of JAMB’s efforts in ensuring fair and transparent admissions.

Highlighting the multi-faceted achievements of Professor Oloyede’s tenure, Dr. Benjamin outlined key improvements in examination administration, human resource management, and financial transparency. He emphasized the importance of transparency in financial management, noting the significant remittance of funds to the Federal Government’s coffers without raising registration fees.

Moreover, Dr. Benjamin shed light on the reinforcement of Direct Entry admission processes to address loopholes exploited by stakeholders. The introduction of the Post-Secondary Education Data System (NIPEDS) aims to authenticate A’Level certificates, ensuring that only genuine qualifications are considered for admission.

In conclusion, JAMB’s commitment to leveraging technology and transparency to enhance the integrity of the education system is evident. The progressive reforms spearheaded by Professor Ishaq Oloyede have not only streamlined admission processes but also fostered a culture of accountability and fairness in Nigeria’s tertiary education sector.

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