The Joint Admissions and Matriculation Board has called on candidates affected in illegal admissions to hold their institutions responsible for their inability to be mobilized for the National Youth Service Scheme (NYSC).
In a statement by the spokesperson of the board, Dr Fabian Benjamin, JAMB disclosed that it had since 2017 stopped the regularisation of illegal admissions carried out by some tertiary institutions.
The exam body stated that the development is a product of undisclosed illegal institutional admissions conducted outside the Central Admissions Processing System (CAPS) between 2017 and 2020.
The statement read: ‘’The attention of the Joint Admissions and Matriculation Board (JAMB) has been drawn to complaints by some candidates on their inability to obtain their admission letters which would qualify them to proceed on the one-year mandatory National Youth Service Corps (NYSC) or obtain exemption letters as the case may be.
“This phenomenon is especially true of products of undisclosed illegal institutional admissions conducted outside the Central Admissions Processing System (CAPS) between 2017 and 2020.
“The series of complaints emanated from the frustrations of these students who are expressing anger at the lack of formal recognition of their degrees by relevant authorities. Consequently, the Minister of Education, Mallam Adamu Adamu, out of compassion, approved a final condonement of these underhand admissions.
“It should be recalled that based on that act of magnanimity, the board had placed relevant advertisements in three national dailies (Blueprint, Guardian and Vanguard) of 24th November, 2021. The same notice was featured on the board’s website coupled with an easy-to-use advisory issued to all institutions of higher learning to guide them on how these candidates could be redeemed.
“Based on available data close to one million undisclosed illegal institutional admissions were disclosed so far. What is, however, surprising is that, as of today, less than five percent of such students’ details had been uploaded on the board portal by the institutions as required.
“It is even more egregious to note that even among the few that had been uploaded by the schools on the board portal many of the schools had not correctly keyed in their details.
“The board therefore, uses this medium to appeal to institutions to immediately upload appropriately the matriculation numbers, names, disciplines, year of graduation and other necessary details of the candidates for the board to process the candidates’ condonement applications.
‘’The board reiterates that it is incumbent on the institutions to correctly key in the details of the candidates as illustrated on the advisory issued to institutions, advertised in the dailies and on the board’s website for the prompt processing of candidates retroactive admission letters for them to obtain necessary clearance for their hitherto underhand admissions.’’
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