The Joint Admissions and Matriculation Board on Thursday assured the Unified Tertiary Matriculation Examination candidates that they would know their admission status by next week.
The JAMB Registrar, Prof. Dibu Ojerinde, who announced this in Lagos, therefore urged them to check the Internet next week to confirm their proper placement in the nation’s tertiary institutions.
He spoke on the sidelines of the opening ceremony of the of a three-day Technical Committee Meeting on 2014 Admissions to Tertiary Institutions at the University of Lagos.
Ojerinde also announced that no fewer than 700, 000 candidates would secure admission to the nation’s tertiary institutions for the 2014/2015 academic session. No fewer than 1.6m candidates sat for the examination, comprising the Paper-Pencil Test, Dual Based test and the Computer-Based Test last April and May.
According to him, the National Universities Commission, National Board for Technical Education and the National Commission of Colleges of Education have this year increased the carrying capacity of the schools under their superintendence.
Ojerinde, who had earlier urged the participants of the TCM to endeavour to conclude the session on time, said the call became imperative to enable the board to finalise its admission process this year.
He added that the early conclusion of the exercise, especially the cut off marks for candidates’ first-choice universities, would also prepare the board to make admission provisions for other candidates in their respective schools of second choice.
The JAMB boss added, “There is no gainsaying the fact that the challenge of the rising demand for access to tertiary institutions in Nigeria means that the entry process must be well-managed and seamless. It is for this reason that the Board expects every institution to abide by the admissions timetable as already agreed upon at the Policy Meeting of July 1, 2014.
“We must adhere strictly to the guidelines which stipulates a 60:40 Science/arts ratio, 45,35,20 of Federal ratio, 70:30 of Technology/non-Technology ratio, as well as the ratio of 40:40:20 (merit/catchment area/educationally less developed area) for state owned institutions.
“As a reminder, it has also become imperative to stress once more, that all admissions for the 2014/ 2015 academic session will end on Friday, October 31, 2014. All institutions are hereby enjoined to adhere to the stipulated date, as late submissions will not be entertained.
The Punch Tuesday, Aug 19, 2014