Registrar of the Joint Admissions and Matriculation Board (JAMB), Professor Is-haq Oloyede has charged universities and other tertiary institutions of learning in the country on the need to adhere to the Central Admissions Processing System (CAPS) introduced by the Board.
Oloyede spoke recently at JAMB Headquarters in Abuja, during separate meetings with Professor Charles Arizechukwu Igwe, Vice-Chancellor of the University of Nigeria, Nsukka (UNN); Prof. Idowu Olayinka, Vice Chancellor of the University of Ibadan (UI) and a delegation of the University of Ilorin led by Chairman, Admission Seamless Process and Dean, Faculty of Clinical Sciences of the institution, Prof. Ibrahim Katibi.
L-R: DCG, Director , Human Resources Dept (Customs), Dr Yusuf Lawal, Director, Test Administration (JAMB); Prof (Mrs) Medinat Salman; Dean, Faculty of Education, University of Ilorin, Prof Raheed Adeoye; Prof Katibi and Professor Oloyede (seated)*
During the meeting with the UNN Vice Chancellor, according to the Monday, January 13, 2020 edition of JAMBulletin made available to The State Online by Dr Fabian Benjamin, JAMB Head of Media, Professor Oloyede charged the university on the need to adhere strictly to the extant guidelines governing the conduct of admission in the country.
He also enjoined UNN to take advantage of the Central Admissions Processing System (CAPS) which has been put in place to automate the conduct of admissions into tertiary institutions in the country.
Oloyede at the meeting held on Wednesday, January 8, 2020 frowned at the flagrant abuse of the CAPS platform vis-a-vis the conduct of admissions by some institutions and said that JAMB would not honour any admission done outside the purview of CAPS.
He pointed out that the warning became necessary in view of the glaring infractions committed by some institutions and assured the Vice-Chancellor that, “As long as the right thing is done, the Board would continue to partner institutions in the country in order to reposition the education sector to meet the challenges of the 21st century.”
The Registrar, while urging the University on the need to ensure that equity, transparency and fairness take centre stage in the conduct of its admissions, declared that the Board would not tolerate any action capable of jeopardising the interest of candidates in their quest for quality tertiary education.
The Vice-Chancellor, Professor Charles Arizechukwu Igwe, in his remarks commended the Registrar for the various initiatives brought to bear in the Board particularly as pertains to CAPS and promised not to indulge in any unwholesome practices that could thwart the idea behind it.
He described Prof. Oloyede as a mentor who has garnered long years of experience in the tertiary education sector. He promised to follow diligently, the step-by-step process of admission on CAPS to ensure that the University remains truly the University of Nigeria.
Professor Oloyede reiterated his stand on CAPS also during the meeting with the University of Ibadan (UI) Vice Chancellor, Prof. Idowu Olayinka, who on his part commended the Registrar and his team for bringing transparency to bear on admission process.
Prof. Olayinka said, “We are impressed with the transparency associated with the conduct of the admission exercise as seen on the CAPS platform. The system helps control all admission processes thereby serving as a clearing house for the Board’s most vital mandate.”
The Vice-Chancellor, in company of top functionaries of the University, said that UI would do the needful in the admission process to support the Board’s drive towards excellence and credibility in the admission process with little or no human interference or influence as facilitated by CAPS.
He added that the delegation was on a familiarization visit to JAMB to address some grey areas in the process of admissions.
During their own meeting with Professor Oloyede, Prof. Katibi of the University of Ilorin commended the Board and expressed satisfaction with the transparent nature of the Central Admissions Processing System (CAPS) stating that the automation of the admission process was a welcome development in the nation’s admission process.
He said the visit would further strengthen the process through engendering equity and fairness.
The Dean assured the Board that the University would incorporate all grey areas highlighted in the meeting into strengthening the conduct of credible admissions in the University.
In his remarks, the Registrar, Prof. Oloyede, commended the University’s admission process but drew attention to the salient issues that could be done to further improve on it so that every deserving candidate is given equal opportunity to pursue his/her educational goals.