The Joint Admission and Matriculation Board (JAMB) in the course of the week organized a training workshop for all Institution heads, registrars, admission officers/ICT officers on central admissions processing system (CAPS) to displace the existingadmission process.
The training which held between 20-22 August 2017 at the National Judiciary Institute at abuja was presided over by the JAMB registrar, Prof Ishaq Oloyede. In his opening remark, he asserted that in furtherance of JAMB commitment to continuous improvement and efficiency in the discharge of its mandate has innovatively developed CAPS to automate the admissions process to tertiary institutions.
In the course of the training, the advantages of CAPS were rolled out. These include streamlining the admissions process, addressing the challenges associated with the manual approach, restoring the autonomy of tertiary institutions with respect to admissions, making candidates the focus and empowering them with information on available choices of institutions and programmes, expanding admission opportunities, eliminating multiple admissions and providing easily retrievable data for decision making and research in the education sector in the country.
Furthermore, CAPS will give candidates opportunities to confirm provisional admissions thus eliminating cases of candidates abandoning admissions; 'market place' to enable institutions source candidates from the available pool based on various criteria; and the requirement for all awaiting results candidates to upload their results unto JAMB portal before being considered for admission.
More interestingly, admissions can now be processed in batches as well as instantaneously with candidates being able to check and track their admission status at any point in time on the JAMB portal. The facility will also be available through the Unstructured Supplementary Service Data (USSD) code on the major telecommunication operators in the country.
It would be recalled that earlier, the minister for education, Mallam Adamu Adamu, has given permission for institutions willing to conduct post UTME to do so with moderate charges. Hence, JAMB also noted that the final general course programme cut off mark for various institutions will actually be based on the combination of candidates JAMB scores and other indices the institutions will use to add up to make 100 percentage. However, the JAMB registrar noted that JAMB score must constitute not less than 50% of the institutions programme cut off mark.
Meanwhile, on the last day of the workshop, a policy meeting with JAMB, minister for education and institution heads and registrars was held where a joint decision was taken that the minimum JAMB cut off mark for admission process into universities and colleges of education/polytechnics will now be 120 and 100 respectively.
The training was attended by the College Provost, Prof Olukoya Ogen, Acting Registrar, Mrs. Olufisayo Fakorede and Deputy Registrar Admissions Mr. Peter Okunniga as well as Dr. Kehinde Adenegan from the MIS. It is hoped that the tertiary institutions and indeed all the stakeholders will take full advantage of the benefits CAPS offers to the admissions process and the education sector as a whole.