By Joseph Erunke
ABUJA – THE Joint Admissions and Matriculation Board, JAMB, said yesterday that the level of compliance by tertiary institutions to its January 25 admission deadline was 99 percent.
JAMB said one percent of the nation’s tertiary institutions did not meet the deadline even as it did not state the reasons the tertiary institutions adduced for not meeting up.
JAMB’s Head of Media, Dr Fabian Benjamin, responding to Vanguard’ telephone inquiry, said while 99 percent of the nation’s tertiary institutions were able to comply with its January 25 deadline, some others which he said, were in the one percent bracket, could not meet up.
He, however, could not give the names of those that complied as well as institutions that couldn’t meet up just as he did not disclose whether any sanction await the institutions that failed to meet up with the deadline.
“So far, we have received 99 percent compliance from tertiary institutions. One percent of the tertiary institutions were unable to meet up”, he said.
Recall that the board, on Thursday last week, directed all tertiary institutions to end their 2017 admission by January 25.
Dr Benjamin, who conveyed the position of the tertiary institutions admission examination body to the institutions during interview with journalists in Abuja, said the board’s decision came after a meeting where all issues and ones bordering on the admission process were taken into consideration.
He said it was resolved that the academic calendar must be adhered to. According to him, the directive became necessary as the board intended to meet up with the academic calendar as earlier agreed.
“By implication, candidates who have gained admissions into various institutions and are yet to register or do not have admissions by January 25 should begin to make preparations for the 2018 UTME, “he had said.