The Joint Admissions and Matriculation Board (JAMB) has indicted some tertiary institutions in Nigeria, including the University of Abuja, for engaging in illegal admissions procedures without following the prescribed guidelines.
The head of public affairs and protocols Fabian Benjamin (Fabian Benjamin) made the allegations in a statement he made available to newsmen in Abuja.
According to JAMB, its attention has attracted illegal admissions allegedly conducted by a number of universities, including the University of Abuja.
The statement that, 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.
Fabian added that, the said institutions ask hapless 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.
It would be recalled 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.
The Joint Admissions and Matriculation Board (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.
It should be noted that the admissions guidelines stipulate that colleges and universities should recommend qualified candidates through CAPS in accordance with the prescribed standards of CAPPS for approval by the board of directors.
Therefore, any such acceptance without the approval of the board of directors is futile. The board of directors pointed out that any institution that violates this good guiding principle has many concealments, and the board of directors will not shy away from its responsibility to ensure compliance with the required admissions guidelines.
The Board of Directors will spare no effort to ensure that no institution violates existing admissions guidelines. JAMB’s management emphasized: “It is recommended that for personal benefit, not to accept applications outside the scope of JAMB’s authority, nor to pay any acceptance fees, because such admissions will never be allowed.”