Admission Racketeering: JAMB Accuses Top Universities Of Manipulating Process

The Joint Admissions and Matriculation Board JAMB has accused some tertiary institutions in the country,  of engaging in illegal admission processes without recourse to the stipulated guidelines.

According to a statement made available to journalists Tuesday by Head, Public Affairs and Protocols,  Fabian Benjamin, The attention of JAMB has been drawn to the illegitimate admissions purportedly being conducted by some universities, including the University of Abuja.

It said these universities have been reported to be issuing admission letters to candidates without recourse to the Board. 

Insisting that it is pertinent to state that such admissions that have not been proposed, approved nor accepted on the Central Admissions Processing System (CAPS) are null and void.

According to Fabian, asking helpless candidates to pay acceptance fees for such admissions that had not been processed through CAPS amounts to illegality.

“Consequently, such admissions are illegal, unacceptable and offensive to extant rules and regulations guiding admissions to tertiary institutions in Nigeria as approved by the Federal Ministry of Education and provided on Caps, “he stated.

Recall that the Board instituted CAPS in 2017 as an automated platform designed to ensure that admissions are transparently done to protect the interest of all Nigerians desirous of tertiary education.

JAMB therefore, advises all candidates not to accept any admissions that are not provisioned on CAPS. By implication, any candidate who has not accepted and printed his/her admissions letter on CAPS should not pay any acceptance fee as any admission done outside CAPS is an illegitimate admission that would not be sanctioned by the Board.

 As  admission guidelines stipulate that institutions recommend qualified candidates through CAPS in accordance with laid-down criteria to the Board for approval. 

“Candidates are advised, in their own interest, not to accept such admissions done outside the purview of JAMB nor pay any acceptance fee as such admissions will never be allowed to stand,”.

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