The Joint Admissions and Matriculation Board has assured parents and candidates that due process would be followed in the 2016 admission process into tertiary institutions.
The organisation said it would not initiate or insert any candidate into the list of tertiary institutions for admission.
The Registrar/Chief Executive of JAMB, Prof. Ishaq Oloyede, stated this on Friday during an extra-ordinary technical meeting on 2016 admissions of first choice institutions held at the Baze University in Abuja.
While stressing that no candidate would be unjustly treated by any institution, Oloyede said the meeting was for the placement of suitably qualified candidates into tertiary institutions.
He said, “What we said was that some of the recommendations the institutions brought earlier were not explicit in terms of criteria, and we have asked our colleagues in the universities to send better criteria.
“We will not accept whatever is done arbitrarily. I hope those that are here will make adjustment. They must be able to explain why somebody with high score was not given admission. What we are saying is that people should follow due process. Universities have the right to have criteria for admission but the criteria must be reasonable and must be explicit.
“I have a particular school where a person who scored the highest was not taken and the reason was because the university changed its rules; that will not be accepted. You cannot change the rules when the game is on. You have to wait till 2017 to publish the new rules. You cannot have a particular rule and change to another. When things are done properly, we will not be only doing what is right, but we will be seen by the people that we have done what is right.”
According to him, the senates and the academic boards of institutions have the responsibility of recommending candidates to JAMB for admissions.
Oloyede said, “JAMB is a referee for justice, equity and standard.
“The only difference between this year’s admission process and what has always been the practice is the policy that there should be no written post-UTME test. All other processes remain.”
According to him, the right of senate or academic board of each institution on admissions of candidates is subject to the national policy guidelines as stipulated by the proprietors of the institutions.