The Joint Admissions and Matriculation Board has said that it would
begin the sale of forms for the Unified Tertiary Matriculation
Examination in March, 2017.
A statement by the spokesperson for JAMB, Dr. Fabian Benjamin, said the
agency had taken time to add value to the services it had been offering
to Nigerians for over three decades.
Below are details of the review:
Benjamin stated, “In the course of conducting admission, many
institutions have admitted candidates on merit only for them to discover
that such candidates do not have qualified O’Level results or the right
combination of subjects for admission and had to delete and start the
process all over again. With this, they would have denied other
qualified candidates the opportunities for admissions.
“This, we are addressing by ensuring that no candidate is henceforth
recommended without his O’Level result being supplied. To achieve this,
JAMB will insist that candidates supply their result on its website
during registration or later, but before admissions commence for them to
be considered for admissions. We believe this will allow only qualified
candidates to be considered for admissions.”
The board explained that candidates would henceforth be allowed to make
one choice of public university, in which new registration platform will
now be first choice, second choice, third choice and fourth choice.
According to him, the restructuring is aimed at expanding the
opportunities available to candidates since almost all the public
universities do not consider candidates on the second choice list
because they hardly exhaust the applicants on the first choice list.
Benjamin said, “We have designed a central admissions processing system,
where the board will interface with the institutions and ensure
compliance with this reform.
“The summary is that no candidate will be admitted with awaiting result.
Candidates and their parents are also to note that JAMB has
restructured the registration platform to allow for only one choice of
“The new registration platform will now be first choice, second choice,
third choice and fourth choice and not most preferred, preferred e.t.c
as it was.
“Candidates’ first choice can be a college, university, innovative enterprises institutions or polytechnic/monotechnic.