Will JAMB’S new admissions system put a cap on admissions fraud?

by Alexander O. Onukwue

The Central Admissions Processing System, a new initiative of the Joint Admissions and Matriculations Board (JAMB), promises to be an effective way of ensuring schools will have autonomy in their admissions process, according to PREMIUM TIMES.

Commenting on the occurrence of the offer of admissions by tertiary institutions with the complicity of JAMB through the ‘backdoor’, the Registrat, Prof Ishaq Oloyede, stated in Abuja that CAPS will ensure that the schools would now be in charge of their admissions process.

According to him, JAMB had no business with determining those who are to be admitted by individual institutions. Its duty was to set the minimum standards and provide the guidelines which are to be followed by the institutions at their discretion.

The context of the relevance of CAPS comes with the new set of cut-off marks released by JAMB for admissions. Prof Oloyede stressed that the 100, 110, and 120 cut-off marks were agreed to and set by member institutions, who retain the right to admit those whom they feel score above those scores based on other factors beside the outcome of exams. The Registrar said O/A levels were still the benchmark for admissions.

What would that then mean for those who score well above the cut-off marks if the schools can still not admit them based on their high scores?

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