The Joint Admission and Matriculation Board (JAMB) on September 21st held its sensitization programme on the Central Admission Processing System (CAPS) which also highlighted important aspects of the admission process. We have decided to bring you the 20 important points raised at the JAMB sensitization programme that you need to know. If you were not able to participate in the programme or were unable to follow the programme wholly, do not worry you will get to know every thing you need to know here. Below are the 20 key points from the programme that every candidates need to know; 1. JAMB is a ranking body and not an examination like WAEC and NECO and therefore the test which is conducted by JAMB is not a pass or fail test but a way of ranking already qualified candidates for admission consideration by institutions. 2. JAMB UTME is necessitated by the fact that there are no enough spaces in institutions to admit candidates. If the spaces are enough, there will be no need for candidates to participate in UTME. 3. JAMB major role in the admission process is to ensure candidates are treated fairly in the admission process as well as ensuring institutions keep to their set criteria for admission.will ensure all Tertiary institutions to follow what they advertised in their various Brochures. 4. The JAMB cut-off mark is simply a threshold below which no institution can admit a candidate. This simply means that each school has the right to set its own cut-of mark even for the different departments. But the cut-off mark of the school should not be below the one set by JAMB. 5. Obtaining a high score in JAMB UTME does not automatically qualify a candidate for admission in any school. Such candidate must equally meet the criteria or other standard that may be set by the institution he or she selected. These criteria includes; Post-UTME screening, O’level result grading, State of origin, Gender, Science to arts ratio etc 6. A candidate is not automatically qualified for admission based on the JAMB score. A candidate is admitted using the “Effective Cut off Mark” which is the mark arrived at after all the admission criteria set by the institutions have been considered. 7. The cut-off mark of a school does not determine the quality or standard of education in that school. 8. About Six other countries in the world have the similar admission process with Nigeria; these countries include China, Spain, Iran, Republic of Georgia, Turkey 9. The O’Level result submitted by candidates must be verified before a candidate is given admission. 10. The Central Admission Processing System (CAPS) is an automated system and was introduced to replace the manual process of admitting student. 11. The Central Admission Processing System enables JAMB to verify the O’level results uploaded by candidates directly from the examination bodies like WAEC, NECO and NABTEB 12. With the new JAMB Central Admission Processing System (CAPS), institutions can not admit anybody under the table or give anyone a “backdoor admission” 13. Candidates can have Access to their dashboard on CAPS with their JAMB registration Number and be able to know their admission status at any time. 14. With the New Central Admission Processing System, Candidates can now accept or reject Admission. 15. Once a candidate is not given the course he or she applied to study, the candidate can either accept or reject the admission. 16. There should be a market place where institutions can demand for candidates who met the admission criteria of the institution but have not been admitted or have rejected the admission offered to them regardless of whether or not such candidates chose them during JAMB registration. 17. Candidates can equally accept or reject an offer for “admission consideration” which is different from “offer of admission.” 18. The time period to either accept an admission or reject it is 3 days, once you accept the admission you can’t reject it. 19. Most of the institutions do not fill their admission quota every year because they don’t know there are candidates they can still admit. The Central Admission Processing System will help resolve that. 20. The Central Admission Processing System is very secured. Anyone that tries to break it will fail and if the person by chance succeeds, the person will find him or herself in EFCC or ICPC box.
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