-The Joint Admissions and Matriculation Board (JAMB) on Monday announced the release of its guidelines for admission process this year.
-The announcement followed a week of meeting with the universities and other tertiary institutions in Nigeria.
According to the board, the new method uses a point system, which is divided into other processes, that is easy to understand. For example, “Before a candidate can be considered for screening, he / she must have been given provisional admission by JAMB. The JAMB admission checker portal will soon be opened for this process, so, prayer is all you can do now,” the statement on the website of JAMB says.
The second process,said the board, was the point system where admission will depend on the point tally of the candidate. “JAMB’s Provisional Admission does not have much meaning this year, your total points will decide your faith.
“The points are evenly distributed between your results JAMB and O level to provide a level playing field for all.
“In the first case, any candidate who submits one result that contains his / her relevant subjects already has 10 points, the exam could be NECO, WAEC, GCE etc. but any candidate who has 2 sittings only gets 2 points. So, this means that aspirants with a single result are at an advantage,but only just” said the statement.
The board explained that the next points grades fell into the O’ Level grades where each grade has its equivalent point; A6 marks, B4 Marks, C3 marks, so, the better the Candidate qualifications, the better his/her chances of getting admission this year.
The next point is UTME scores where each score range has its equivalent point which can be summarized as, 180-200 == 20-23 marks, 200-250 == 24-33 points, 251-300 == 34-43, 300-400 == 44-60 points.
Giving a breakdown, JAMB explained that each categories contains 5 JAMB results per point added. For example, a candidate with 180-185 gets points, a candidate with 186-190 gets 21 points and so on, adding that the point system for direct entry will be published soon.
In addition, the Board stated that the fees would still be charged for screening which has replaced the Post UTME.
“It is then up to the fact that the fee will still be charged for screening, it depends on the school as well,” the statement said. He also revealed that catchment and ELDS will still be used.
“Merit contains 45% of the total candidates for a particular course, and contains 35% Catchment and ELDS and staff lists contains the rest.
“Cut off marks will be released by schools this year in the form of marks and points. If a school says its cut mark for medicine is 90 points and JAMB grants a candidate with 250 provisional admission, but his / her total points total falls short of 90 points, then he / she will lose the admission. Thus, the provisional Admission is just a means to an end, not the end in itself, “the statement added.