Scoring higher than the cut-off mark does not guarantee admission BY JAMB
ABUJA-THE Registrar of Joint Admissions and
Matriculation Board, JAMB, Prof. Is-haq
Oloyede,has said the board would not consider
any candidate without O’level or A level
requirement this year.
Oloyede insisted that only candidates who
meet the O’ level and A’ level requirements and
other criteria set by institutions would be
offered admission in 2017/2018 session.
He spoke in Abuja, at a Training and
Sensitization Forum on Central Admissions
Processing System, CAPS, for admission offers,
candidates and stakeholders.
The registrar explained that candidates with
higher scores in the Unified Tertiary
Matriculation Examination, UTME, may not be
admitted but could be eligible for admission
“Scoring higher than the cut-off mark does not
guarantee admission but makes the candidate
eligible for admission consideration. It is not
UTME that qualifies the person. It is O level, A
level that qualifies a person for admission, “he
“That is why you can go from here to UK, you
can go to Ghana, Uganda, Republic of Benin,
nobody ask you of your UTME, they ask for
your O level because by law it is the school
cert that qualifies you not JAMB.
“We admit students when we do not know
whether or not they are qualified. You will say
you took JAMB, you had 300 later you will now
come back and say he is not qualified. Why?
No O level, no mathematics, no English when
you have not considered the real issue which
is: does he or she possess five credits?”
“From this year we have said no. before you
can recommend a candidates you must ensure
that that candidate has the O level or A level
requirements and in addition to other
“JAMB will not consider any candidate from
you unless you can convince us that he/she is
qualified by O level or by A level.
“A situation where we admit students and you
now turn round and come back and say they
are not qualified because they do not possess
the O level because the O level is the qualifying
certificate. It is not JAMB score.”
The registrar also said the board would no
longer consider or regularize admission of
candidates done illegally by tertiary institutions.
“We know that we have abused the process.
What we have been doing is to send N5, 000
each to JAMB in the name of regularization
without capturing their picture, without
capturing anything. You pay N5, 000 and then
they are regularized.
“We have not stopped to do backlog but from
2016 upward we will not allow anybody to do
backdoor admission. Anybody that is not
properly admitted is not properly admitted and
cannot benefit from regularization.
“You cannot admit anybody under the table.
Let us know your problem and let us
collectively solve the problem so that you do
not need to do such thing.
“We don’t have accurate data because what we
have on record is different from real life. We
cannot continue to do that. We will protest to
the whole world that we have 500 students in
our institutions but in reality they are about 1
million but 500, 000 thousand have been