Northerners force JAMB to reverse point admission

The Joint Admissions and Matriculation Board (JAMB) yesterday reversed its previous stand on admissions into universities.

The point system, which JAMB adopted last week, would have allowed students to gain admission based on merit.

The system also factored in O’level results.

Codex gathered that Northerners frowned at the system knowing too well that students from southern states serially outperforms their northern counterparts.

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According to JAMB, admissions should will be determined by the criteria of merit, catchment areas and “Educationally disadvantaged states.”

Whose fault? Certainly the bourgeoisie in northern states.

According to JAMB’s Head of Information, Dr. Fabian Benjamin, “The federal government approved the re-enforcement of admission guidelines recognized by law. This is not the point based system widely circulated in some media.

“For the avoidance of doubt, the Board wishes to state clearly that the point system is an illustration by the Registrar of JAMB.

“The illustration was that few institution were using the point system to select candidates while their colleagues were subjecting candidates to written tests.

“These examples are contained in a paper presented by the Registrar which is placed on our website and was adopted by the media wrongly as the 2016 guideline.

“Please note that the 2016 admissions will be conducted purely on the three existing admission pillars of merit, catchment area and educational less-developed states through the following process.”

“Candidates are to present their Senior School Certificate Examination (SSCE) results/Advanced Level (AL) results for verification and clearing purposes.

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“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.

Recall that cutoff marks for unity schools across the country greatly favors “Educationally disadvantaged states.

Abia – Male (130) Female (130)
Adamawa – Male (62) Female (62)
Bauchi – Male (35) Female (35)
Delta – Male (131) Female (131)
Ebonyi – Male (112) Female (112)
Enugu – Male (134) Female (134)
Gombe – Male (58) Female (58)
Imo – Male (138) Female (138)
Sokoto – Male (9) Female (13)
Taraba – Male (3) Female (11)
Yobe – Male (2) Female (27)
Zamfara – Male (4) Female (2)

President Buhari directed that “Old guideline should be strictly adhered to without any alterations,” while the point based system should be jettisoned.