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JAMB, at its recent 2015 Combined Policy Meeting, announced the adoption of a policy whereby candidates of universities with surplus applicants for UTME are reassigned to other universities with lower number of
candidates than their capacities. According to the Registrar/CEO of JAMB, Professor Dibu Ojerinde, the policy portends two benefits:

1. It will be beneficial to “needy Universities” that is universities with lower number of candidates than their capacities, as this will ensure that these universities will have more candidates to admit. .

2. Candidates will have better chances for admission in the universities they are re-assigned to, contrary to situations where they would await admission in the universities of their first choices until the admission exercise closes and they forfeit admission in that session. This policy has been implemented with immediate effect.

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Consequently, the eligibility for Post-UTME screening in the Unilag like other public universities has been determined by JAMB. In effect, only candidates whose names were forwarded to these universities by JAMB are eligible for the 2015/2016 post-UTME screening.

The problem now is that many prospective students that scored above 200 and chose one of the top 10 public universities in Nigeria have been reassigned to many private universities in Nigeria. Most of these students are from poor homes and can’t afford the tuition fees of private universities.

With the new JAMB policy, these students will end up not gaining any admission. Students no longer have the right to choose the university they’d end up going. JAMB is now doing it for them and fixing them into private universities without recourse to their financial status. They’ve now taken to the streets to protest the policy….. which is making them feel bad dt their parents r nt like Dangote…..

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