The Joint Admissions and Matriculation Board (JAMB) has again maintained that all its policies and operational processes are geared towards guaranteeing fairness, equity as well as protecting the rights of candidates. The Registrar, Prof. Is-haq Oloyede, made this comment when he featured on “Ojumo’re”, an NTA Yoruba language programme on Thursday, 20th August, 2020. Prof. Oloyede said contrary to the impression being created by some candidates who do not understand the nitty-gritty of the admissions processes, the Board processes are designed to ensure that no single candidate is denied his rights in the admission exercise.
*Is-haq Oloyede, Registrar JAMB( 1st R); Mr Jide Ojo, Guest on Ojumo’re an NTAlanguage programme (1stL) with the moderators.
Going down memory lane, Prof. Oloyede recalled that in the past, the Board conducted its admission exercise manually with attendant errors and other primordial considerations. To address the observed anomalies and pave way for fair and merit-based admission procedures in line with global best practices, the Registrar disclosed that the Board had developed a software called the Central Admissions Processing System(CAPS). This system, which had since become operational, was designed to eliminate human interference, engender transparency as well as promote fairness. Furthermore, the system gives the institutions the power to exercise their statutory responsibility of undertaking admissions while the Board monitors compliance with extant rules and regulations. The above explanation was given by Prof. Oloyede in response to a clarification sought by the moderator on the trending story of a high-scoring candidate who applied to read Medicine at the Obafemi Awolowo University (OAU), Ile-Ife without success.
The Registrar said the deployment of the Central Admissions Processing System (CAPS) has entrenched inclusiveness, transparency, equity and fairness in the process of admissions of respective institutions. He added that not only has CAPS engendered equity in the admission process, it has also empowered candidates to monitor their admissions in real time and raise queries if not satisfied. The Registrar disclosed that the Central Admissions Processing System(CAPS), through which all institutions are required to conduct their admissions under the watchful eye of the Board, could be likened to the Treasury Single Account (TSA) system put in place by government to monitor all financial transactions on its accounts. He maintained that it is the right of every candidate to demand explanations on why he/she is not admitted especially after obtaining what he/she feels is a good score.
He stated that the beauty of CAPS is that it displays scores of respective candidates in the order of performance. Furthermore, Prof. Oloyede declared that the core mandate of the Board is to ensure that no candidate is unjustly treated or denied his/her rightful place in the conduct of admissions by various institutions. As such, he asserted that where the right of a candidate is trampled upon, either by acts of commission or omission, the Board has the right to step in and ensure that the right thing is done. He said the University through Prof. Adesegun Fatusi, the Provost, College of Health Sciences, OAU, had offered sufficient explanation on why the candidate was not offered admission, which according to him, was because other candidates had higher cumulative scores than the candidate in question. Prof. Oloyede disclosed that the Admission Template of the University requires the combination of the UTME and O’level results of a candidate. Therefore, with respect to Ms. Ruke Oghenerukewve, her UTME score of 320 amounts to 80% (i.e. 320/400 x 100). Her O’ level results, on the other hand, are: English A1 (8 points); Biology C4 (5 points); Chemistry B3 (6 points); Maths B3 (6 points); Physics C4 (5 points); Physics C4 (5 points); Further Maths B2 (7 points), and Civic Education A1 (8 points). That gives her 45 points, or 70.3% (i.e. 44/64×100). As such, her overall average (as OAU did a combination of 50% marks from JAMB and 50% marks) from UTME and O’level is: (80+70.3)=75.15%. This was rounded up to give her the 75.2% aggregate score. With that score, the Provost revealed that Ms. Oghenerukewve ranks number 103 on the global list of the students who took Medicine as First Choice at OAU. Prof. Oloyede also noted that admission to public tertiary institutions is premised on the three national admission criteria of: Merit(45%); Catchment(35%) and Educationally-Less Developed States (20%). He revealed that owing to the carrying capacity of the University for Medicine, the total admission quota for Medicine in OAU is 100, and that includes UTME and Direct Entry. Thus, in line with the abovecited admission criteria, only 45 candidates would be admitted solely on merit while others would come in through the other provisions. He remarked that unfortunately, many commentators were not awa re of the fa c t tha t Ms. Oghenerukewve is competing with other candidates who have higher score aggregates than she had for a slot in the merit list.
Prof. Oloyede further recalled that the Provost had stated that there was no doubt that Ms. Oghenerukewve did well in her UTME, He, however, maintained that her score was not good enough to earn her admission on the basis of Merit to study Medicine at OAU. According to the Provost, her mark of 75.2% is clearly below the University’s cut-off mark of 77.7%. He then revealed that between Ms. Oghenerukewve’s score of 75.2% and the University cut-off point of 77.7%, there were 56 other candidates who not only scored higher than her but who also failed to make the cut-off point. He cited some of these intervening high scorers who had also failed to gain admission as two candidates who had scored 77.6%, two others who scored 77.5% and four that had 77.4% etc. The Registrar utilised the opportunity to commend the OAU Management for its prompt response to the matter and assured the public that the Board, on its own part, would never shy away from its responsibility of protecting the rights of all candidates.
The Registrar enjoined all candidates who feel shortchanged in the course of the admission processes of any institution to forward their complaints to the Board through its ticketing platform at www.jamb.gov.ng for prompt resolution. In conclusion, he urged all institutions to endeavour to provide valid explanations to candidates who might not be satisfied with their processes as OAU had done and, added that where the candidates are found to have been unfairly treated, such institutions should not be ashamed to make amends