By Yekeen Nurudeen
The Joint Admissions and Matriculations Board, JAMB has said that candidates that are awaiting results are eligible to register and sit for the Universities Tertiary Matriculation Examination, UTME.
This is coming barely one month after the Board announced that awaiting results candidates were not eligible to sit for the annual matriculation examination as a result of some restructuring being carried out in the admission process ahead of 2017 examination which has been fixed for May.
A statement issued in Abuja by the Head of JAMB Public Relations Unit, Fabian Benjamin, however clarified that awaiting results candidates who fail to upload their result between May and August, would not be confirmed to gain admission into any tertiary institution.
This, according to him, would enable JAMB to grant admission to only qualified candidates who are ready to advance their educational pursuit in tertiary institutions, conserve resources and also provide credible data.
The statement read: “Nigerians are still not clear whether candidates with awaiting results will write our exams or not.
“Today, we want to make it categorically clear that candidates with awaiting results are eligible to register and sit for our examinations. However, the board will not confirm any admission for any candidate with awaiting result.
“All candidates who are desirous of tertiary education are to upload their O’ Level result on our site. We don’t want to be giving admissions to candidates that are not qualified to be admitted.
“It has been discovered over time that most of the times when these candidates are admitted, they don’t meet the requirements.
“You have from May up to August to upload your result. At the point of admission we would have sieved our records and any candidate who has not uploaded his or her result at that point, is not eligible for admission.
“We have a good number of candidates who have written their exams in years past and they have their results ready waiting for this process, we will factor those ones and the few ones that will get their results before August.
“We are not working for those that will be writing their exams. But if by chance you write your O’ Level examinations and JAMB this year and your result is ready, good for you.” He said.
The JAMB spokesperson added that candidates, who are not computer literate, have a choice of applying for a UTME mock examination at a fee of N700 nationwide.
He explained that the UTME mock examination was optional and is aimed at allowing students have a feel of the Computer Based Test, CBT especially those ignorant of the process.