CHIDIEBUBE OKEOMA, OWERRI
The Joint Administration and Matriculation Board has announced the immediate reduction from 180 benchmark for candidates seeking to gain admissions into Nigerian tertiary institutions.
The board equally mandated all vice Chancellors of Universities, provosts and rectors of Polytechnics and collages of Education to ratify all processes for admissions of candidates for the 2016 /2017 academic session on or before November 30 .
The Chief executive cum registrar of JAMB , prof. Isiaq Oloyede, made the announcement on Monday at Alvan Ikoku Federal College of Education, Owerri, Imo state, during the ceremony kicking off a week long nationwide second Technical Commitee delegates conference for 2016 admissions to tertiary institutions in Nigeria being organized by the board.
The JAMB registrar said that the reduction in the 180 benchmark for admissions into higher institutions was to afford more people the opportunity to acquire tertiary education
He however said that the reduction was flexible and it is for institutions that had exhausted the minimum cut off mark of 180 for candidates, adding that the tertiary institutions must get approvals from JAMB.
Oloyede tongue lashed vice Chancellors, provosts and rectors by accusing them of corruption through giving admissions to candidates without respect to the lay down procedures and principles approved by the JAMB .
He advised institutions to take advantage provided by the reduction in benchmark to regularize admissions offered to candidates which did not meet JAMB standard, assuring that the board would accept it.
Oloyede said that most Universities waste 50 percent annual quota for admissions and still find it very difficult to regularize admissions of candidates, frowning at the continuous impersonation of JAMB officials by fraudsters.
The registrar urged tertiary institutions to spread the ethnic consideration for admission of candidates into their institutions by saying "most tertiary institutions are now producing local champions. In admitting candidates, whether University owned by a community, we must insist on ethnic balance. We must insist on ethnic affirmative action and produce students who have inter ethnic experiences and knowledge ".
He also urged the headships of various higher institutions to help in curbing the menace of examination malpractices by taking active parts during examinations so as to produce graduates that would compete with their counterparts across the globe.
Declaring the week long program open, the Governor of Imo state, Rochas Okorocha, who was represented by his Deputy, Eze Madumere, urged JAMB to improve both in manpower and facilities for optimal delivery.
The Governor who reminded JAMB of its constitutional responsibility of making sure that young Nigerians get qualitative education that would sharp their destinies for good and help the country in properly addressing its challenges, said that the state was known for academic excellence and that education was the main trust of his administration.