Prof. Is-haq Oloyede, Registrar of the Joint Admissions and Matriculation Board (JAMB), announced on Tuesday that the agency had discovered 706,189 illegal admissions by universities, colleges of education, polytechnics, and other allies.
Oloyede stated at the Consultative Sensitization Meeting with Selected Stakeholders in Abuja that the illegal admissions have harmed the country’s image.
He claimed that illegality was committed by public and private higher education institutions in all six geopolitical zones.
While 114 universities were responsible for 67.795 illegal admissions, 137 polytechnics were responsible for 489,918, 80 Colleges of Education were responsible for 142, 818, and 37 other institutions were involved in 5,678 cases.
The affected institutions committed the unexplained admissions between 2017 and 2020.
He claimed that the institutions ignored JAMB’s Central Admissions Processing System (CAPS), which allows institutions to “admit only candidates who met the requirements.”
He stated that the Vice Chancellors, Rectors, and Provosts of the affected institutions had admitted their mistakes by “sending a formal letter of confession and disclosure to the JAMB Registrar.”
Some of the top indicted for illegal admissions on the list of 114 universities given to stakeholders include the University of Jos (7,600); Benue State University (6,171); Olabisi Onabanjo University (5,669); Kwara State University (4,281); Novena University (3,432); University of Nigeria, Nsukka (2,732); and Imo State University (2,732). (2,330).
University of Nigeria, Nsukka (2,732), Imo State University (2,330), University of Calabar (2,074), NTA Television College (1,934), Baze University (1,717), Oduduwa University (1,450), Kaduna State College of Education (1,417), Tai Solarin University of Education (1,101), Al-qalam University (1,062), and Gombe State University (1,062). (1,017).
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“As a measure to mop up the backlog of improperly admitted candidates, the Honourable Minister of Education, Malam Adamu Adamu, assented to the Board’s plea for a last chance for the violators,” Oloyede said.
“He also approved the stipulation that the perpetrators first declare the number of candidates admitted outside CAPS between 2017 and 2020 by sending a formal letter of confession and disclosure to the JAMB Registrar.”
“Those who are only minimally qualified would then be excused to end the period and finally put the matter to rest.”
“The Board was then directed to launch massive public education campaigns to educate the public about the dangers of accepting such illegal admissions in the future.”