The Joint Admissions and Matriculation Board (JAMB) has introduced 4th choice in selection of tertiary institution for candidates participating in the universities tertiary matriculation examination (UTME).
Fabian Benjamin, spokesman of the board, disclosed this in a statement issued on Tuesday.
He said this is one of the outcomes of the restructuring exercise embarked upon by the organisation under the leadership of Ishaq Oloyede, the current registrar.
Benjamin also revealed that the sale of application forms would commence in March.
“The board is poised to see that a reasonable percentage of candidates who take this examination and are qualified find placement in tertiary institutions,” he said.
“In the cause of conducting admission exercise, many institutions have admitted candidates on merit only for them to discover that such candidates do not have qualified O’levels results or the right combination for admission and had to delete and start the process all over again.
“With this, they would have denied other qualified candidates the opportunities for admissions.
“This we are addressing by ensuring that no candidate is henceforth recommended without his O’levels result being supplied. No candidate will be admitted with awaiting result.”
Benjamin added that henceforth, candidates would have to submit their O’level results before admission process begins.
He also revealed that candidates have been restricted to the choice of only one public university.
“JAMB will insist that candidates supply their result on its website during registration or later, but before admission commences for them to be considered for admissions. We believe this will allow only qualified candidates to be considered for admissions,” he said.
“Candidates and their parents are also to note that the board has restructured the registration platform to allow for only one choice of public university. The new registration platform will now be first choice, second choice, third choice and fourth choice and not most preferred, preferred, etc as it was.
“Candidates’ first choice can be a college, university, innovative enterprises institutions or polytechnic/monotechnic. However, if a candidate makes a public university his first choice, he will not have any public university to choose for 2nd, 3rd and 4th choice.
“He will have on the remaining three choices, a college, a polytechnic, private university and IEI’S.
“However, candidates for the 2017 UTME can now select NCE (college) or ND (polytechnic/monotechnic) as their 1st choice up to 3rd choice and the 4th IEI. They can select the IEI (Innovative Enterprise Institution, ND) as their 1st choice up to the 4th choice, but can only pick a public university once.
“This is to expand the opportunities available to candidates as almost all the public universities do not consider candidates on the second choice list because they hardly exhaust their first choice.
“We sincerely appreciate the patience exhibited by Nigerians in allowing us take time to add value to the services we have been offering to Nigerians for over three decades.”