Upload our children’s final results, parents tell JAMB…as private varsities admit students





for the

2016 /2017 Universities Matriculation Examination, many candidates,

especially those who applied to study in the nation’s public tertiary

institutions, have yet to know their admission status.

Some candidates and their sponsors, who spoke to our correspondent

on Monday, expressed disappointment that the examination body, Joint

Admissions and Matriculation Board, has not uploaded the final

admission lists several weeks after releasing the results.

The board, two weeks ago, promised to release the first batch of the

lists after its officials met with other stakeholders, comprising

admission officers from the various universities, polytechnics and

colleges of education, at the Bayero University, Kano, Kano State, to

examine the process.

Last Monday, the Head of Public Relations of JAMB, Dr. Fabian

Benjamin, had stated that the lists would be out before the end of the


But as of Monday evening (yesterday), the board had yet to upload

the lists on its website to enable candidates to access the information.

A parent and Chief Executive Officer of the Best of the World, Mrs.

Joy Chinwokwu, who frowned on the delay, said it had created a lot of

anxiety among the candidates and their sponsors.

The education consultant added, “The delay has created suspense for

the candidates that want to know about their results. It is also

making them not to explore other options, such as registering for the

advanced level examinations. This delay is not good for the system.

“However, I blame the whole thing on lack of communication. The

initial breakdown in communication between the Federal Ministry of

Education and the vice-chancellors contributed to this. The initial

directive to the universities without discussing with their authorities

on the admission modalities for the year caused all of these. It also

points to lack of policies and that we roll out directives without

thinking them through.”

Also, a group, the Education Rights Campaign, has urged the Minister

of Education, Mr. Adamu Adamu, to intervene in ending the

development, which it described as an “unpalatable one.”

The ERC, through its Coordinator, Mr. Hassan Taiwo, said the

controversies that had greeted this year’s UTME had made the

candidates to be unsure of their future.

He said, “The many crises that accompanied this year’s UTME are

disturbing. The minister of education must realise that the confusion

in this year’s UTME has created all manner of controversies. One

cannot understand why many months after the examination,

candidates have not known their admission status. It is an

unpalatable development. The contradictions in this year’s UTME

portray a grave risk for the education sector. The minister should not

remain silent on this issue. Nigerians expect him to help to address the

issue urgently.”

A candidate, Gloria Onah, also decried the development, saying that

the delay had altered her programme.

Onah, who applied to study Law at the Enugu State University of

Technology, said, “As it is now, I cannot take any major academic

decision. For months now, I have been battling to know the academic

path to follow and just a few months to the end of the year, I am still

unsure of my admission status this year. It is high time that JAMB

concluded the process so that we can know our fate.”

Meanwhile, findings by our correspondent show that many private

universities have already offered their candidates admissions for the

2016/2017 academic session. Among such institutions are the Covenant

University, Ota, Ogun State, and the Babcock University, Ilishan-

Remo, also in Ogun State.

Also, some public universities, such as the University of Benin, Edo

State, will resume the 2016/17 academic session without their 100 level


A statement from the university, signed by its Registrar, Mrs. O

Oshodin, urged all old students to return to the campus for the new

session on September 22.

The statement added that lectures would commence on September 26.