News: JAMB Registrar-Why I Supported Scrapping Of Post-UTME

The Registrar and Chief Executive of the Joint Admissions and Matriculation Board (JAMB), Professor Dibu Ojerinde, has made it clear on Tuesday that the board is the only body responsible for carrying out any admission exams.

According to the JAMB Registrar, in an interview monitored by, Institutions are free to screen candidates but they can not subject candidates to other exams after JAMB. He said: ”Nobody said candidates should not be screened. No more test that is what the government says.

”The first form of screening is the use of their certificates. SSCE, NECO, JAMB and WAEC documents will be checked to see if they meet up with the prerequisites for their course of study. What the government asks them to do right from the beginning is screening,” he stressed.

Speaking on the issue of JAMB registration fee, he said that the registration fee for the UTME is N5,000 and candidates are also to pay N500 to obtain the textbook. The registrar, however, encouraged candidates to be computer literate to enable them to perform well in CBT exams.

It will be recalled that the Public Relations officer of the Nigerian Universities Commission, Ibrahim Yakasai, had earlier announced that the new directive scrapping Post-UTME does not hinder universities from screening students sent to them for admission by the Joint Admission and Matriculation Board, JAMB.

He said that the usual practice was that during admission, universities, and other schools are allowed to do an elementary screening. The screening includes actual verification of Jamb slip, crosschecking of documents for admission, medical test, age check and a host of another prerequisite for securing of admission.


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