Written by Godfrey AKON

JAMB warns varsities against bypassing CAPS

Universities in the country have been warned against bypassing the Central Admission Processing System, CAPS, and instead using their school portals to offer admissions to candidates.

CAPS was put in place by the Joint Admissions and Matriculation Board, JAMB, to prevent institutions from individually changing or proposing a candidate for admission into a programme or course other than the one he chose.

Speaking at a meeting with State Commissioners of Education in Abuja, the Registrar of JAMB, Prof Ishaq Oloyede, alleged that a number of universities were warehousing candidates through their school portals, and offering them admissions without going through CAPS.

Oloyede described the activities of the institutions admitting less qualified candidates ahead of highly qualified ones as improper and a deprivation of the rights of those who are more qualified.

The JAMB boss warned that any university engaging in such infractions was putting the future of the candidates involved in jeopardy as such candidates will never be accepted by JAMB, adding that JAMB had mandated institutions to give preference to the candidates’ chosen courses.

He further urged stakeholders to warn candidates admitted outside CAPS that there shall be no regularisation for such candidates, while assuring candidates who performed well that they would be admitted.

Oloyede, who admitted that one area of concern that the board has received several complains was admission, however noted that CAPS was designed in such a way that institutions cannot afford to offer admission to less qualified candidates ahead of the more qualified ones.

According to him, under the system, a candidate is allowed to accept or decline his admission, adding that it only allows an institution to recommend a substitute programme with the approval of the candidate involved

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