The Joint Admissions and Matriculation Board (JAMB) on Sunday, disclosed that it has withdrawn a recommended admission list sent to universities and other tertiary educational institutions.
The examination body had compiled lists of successful candidates at the 2016 Unified Tertiary Matriculation Examination (UTME) it conducted and forwarded same to various institutions.
According to Premium Times, the compiled admission list which has now been withdrawn, was intended to guide the universities and other institutions in releasing their respective admission lists.
A statement signed by JAMB’s spokesperson, Fabian Benjamin, confirmed the withdrawal of the admission list. A portion of the statement said:
“This is to ensure that the University Senate perform its statutory responsibility of conducting the selection of candidates and refer it to JAMB for confirmation in line with the admission criteria of merit, catchment and educationally disadvantaged states as directed by the Hon Minister of Education at the policy committee meeting.
“The earlier list was sent to help fast track the process of admission so as to allow other tiers of institutions also conduct their admission.”
Benjamin urged candidates not to panic and described the withdrawal of the admission list as a proactive step.
“Candidates should not panic because this is part of the process of the 2016 admission exercise. JAMB regrets any inconvenience this decision would have caused the tertiary institutions.
“The Board regrets any inconvenience it’s proactive step would have caused the tertiary institutions.”
There have been a number of policy announcements concerning the 2016 admission exercise, sometimes contradictory.
The federal government earlier announced a ban on screening examination and directed universities to admit students with their UTME results.
JAMB subsequently announced an end to the use of cut-off marks in compiling admission lists and introduced a new points basis system for the admission exercise.
With the new withdrawal of its admission list sent to the institutions, it is yet to be known by what means students will be admitted for the next session which commences in a few weeks.