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The Federal Government has
overruled the Joint Admissions and
Matriculation Board on its new
admission policy that recently
sparked off protests in parts of the
country.
The Permanent Secretary, Ministry of
Education, Mr. MacJohn Nwaobiala,
disclosed this to State House
correspondents on Tuesday, after
briefing President Muhammadu Buhari
of his ministry’s activities and
challenges at the Presidential Villa,
Abuja.
JAMB had, at its 2015 Combined
Policy Meeting, adopted a policy
whereby candidates of universities
with surplus applicants for the
Unified Tertiary Matriculation
Examinations are reassigned to other
universities with lower number of
applicants than their capacities.
He however said students that made
the cut-off marks have been directed
to go and write post-UME
examinations in their schools of first
choice since that was the bone of
contention.
Nwaobiala said, “This JAMB thing
has been there. As the policy making
body, when these issues were raised,
they raised in a stakeholders meeting.
We normally have what we call the
policy meeting. Everything about
admission are discussed with parents
and other stakeholders at the
meeting.
“These are decisions that we
collectively took. However, we have a
listening hear. We have taken a lot of
the issues raised into consideration
and we are consulting to see the
adjustments we can make here and
there.
“The directive has been given. All the
students that made the cut-off marks
have been told to go and write post-
UME examinations in their schools of
first choice. After, they can go to
their schools of second choice. That
has been the bone of contention.”

source:
Punch.ng
29/07/2015.



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