JAMB explains why candidates can no longer apply to two public universities

Candidates writing JAMB examination [Photo credit: ElitesplanetBlog]

The Joint Admission Matriculation Board (JAMB) has disclosed why it restricted candidates from choosing two public universities during the 2017 online registration.

Fabian Benjamin, JAMB’s Head of Media and Information, told PREMIUM TIMES on Saturday that the choice of public universities was restricted to one but candidates can choose as many colleges of education and polytechnics as they want.

The new measure by the board means that candidates may select a public university and a private university, but not two public universities.

The new update was revealed by JAMB via its official twitter handle @JambHQ on Friday.

It reads: “candidates can select NCE as their choice up to three times I.e 1st choice, 2nd choice and 3rd choice.

“But they are not allowed to select two public universities as choices. If candidates select a public university as their degree awarding choices, they are allowed to select a private university as another choice.”

Mr. Benjamin told PREMIUM TIMES that the Board took the restrictions because candidates hardly get admissions into their second and third choice universities.

“Yes we restricted the choice to one but candidates can choose as many colleges or polytechnics,” he said.

“We discovered it was of no use choosing a university as second choice when in actual sense they can’t even accommodate their first choices,” the JAMB official said.

Candidates have however cried foul over this new information as they lamented that the board is indirectly enforcing the choice of private university on them.

The candidates also lamented due to the huge sum paid as school fees in private universities stating that they are not affordable by most Nigerian parents.

“The fees nko? Jamb go help the students pay the fees for the private universities? You can’t force somebody to attend private universities,” a Twitter user, Robinson said.


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  • Babs Fadipe

    Who is JAMB fronting for in this new policy of one public and one private university choice only? It is a big shame that JAMB is now the advertising agency for private universities in Nigeria. The cheapest private university in Nigeria today does not charge less than N500000 per session. Who is going to pay that amount where the parents of the would be student is only admitted by a private university? What is the business of JAMB with the type of university a student picks. This is insane to say the least. Now that they can no longer send their children to schools abroad because of the cost of dollar and there is no space for looting the public treasury, they want to fill the public university with their children. God will not allow them with their witchcraft policy in Jesus name.