The Joint Admissions and Matriculation Board (JAMB), has withdrawn the list of recommended candidates for admission earlier sent to the tertiary institutions. A statement issued in Abuja yesterday by the Board’s Head of Media, Dr. Fabian Benjamin, said the withdrawal was to ensure that the University Senate perform its statutory responsibility of conducting the selection of candidates.

Under this arrangement, the University Senate, is expected to refer the list back to JAMB for confirmation in line with the admission criteria of merit, catchment and educationally disadvantaged states as directed by the Minister of Education at the policy committee meeting.

The statement explained that the earlier list was sent to help fast track the process of admission, so as to allow other tiers of institutions to also conduct their admission.

It, however, appealed to candidates who sat for the last Unified Tertiary Matriculation Examination (UTME ) not to panic about the development, noting that the measure was part of the process of the 2016 admission exercise.

The Board had on July 10 released the criteria for admission into the various tertiary institutions in the country for the year 2016. According to the criteria released, JAMB explained that the 2016 admissions would be conducted purely on the three existing admission pillars of merit, catchment area and educational less developed states through the following process.

“First, presentation of the list of candidates, who qualify for screening into individual institution based on the three stipulated criteria mentioned above. This screening should not demand for another test in any form either written, oral or electronic.

Candidates are to present their Senior School Certificate Examination ( SSCE) results/ Advanced Level (AL) results for verification and clearing purposes. WAEC, NECO and NBTE results or equivalent are acceptable as matriculation requirements.

“Each candidate is expected to have a minimum of five (5) credits at SSCE including English, mathematics and any other three (3) relevant subjects to his or her discipline “The list of qualified candidates awaiting SSCE/AL results can be kept in view (K.I.V) pending the release of their results. Any candidate who does not possess the requirements as listed above is deemed to have failed the screening.”

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