PSO: Criteria for admitting Students into tertiary institutions, Minister, JAMB deepening confusion

JAMB: 2016 University Admissions will Not Be Based on 'Point Based System'

Fresh, resonating calls are being made for the scrapping of national tertiary admissions clearing house, JAMB, over controversies generated since Education Minister, Mallam Adamu Adamu announced the scrapping of post-UTME tests by universities.

Earlier in the week, after a meeting with administrators of universities and other tertiary institutions, the Joint Admissions & Matriculations Board announced yet another system by which students seeking admission into tertiary institutions can be admitted.

This new system is called the Point System Option, or PSO.

Point System Option PSO is a process whereby candidate’s total points are gotten from the ‘O’ Level grades and JAMB scores’.

It means each grade would have its equivalent point; A=6 marks, B=4 marks, C=3 marks. The system suggests that the better a candidates’ O’ Level grades, the better his or her chances of securing admission. Closely allied to the above, is the candidate’s UTME score.

The UTME scores have been grouped where each score range has its equivalent point. According to JAMB, candidates with 180-185 get 20 points; candidates with 186-190 get 21 points; candidates who scored between 200-250 in JAMB get 24-33 points while those who score 300-400 will get 44-60 points.

Besides, JAMB said: ‘’Any candidate who submits only one result which contains his/her relevant subjects already has 10 points. The exam could be NECO, WASSCE, November/December WASSCE etc, but any candidate who has two sittings only gets 2 points.” In essence, a candidate who has only one sitting is likely to get more points than those who have multiple sittings.

Thus, the addition of these points and points from your O’ Level results give you a total points for admission. “Cut-off marks will be released by the institutions this year in the form of points, and not marks,” said JAMB.

Here lies the clause as stated by JAMB: “If a school declares its cut-off mark for Medicine as 90 points and JAMB grants a candidate with 250 a provisional admission but his/her total points falls short of the 90 points, then he/she will lose the admission.

So the provisional admission is just a means to an end, not the end in itself.” Meanwhile, before a candidate can be considered for the above screening, he/she must have been offered a provisional admission by JAMB.

Deputy Director, Distance Learning Centre, University of Ibadan, Professor Oyesoji Aremu in his reaction described the Joint Admission and Matriculation Board, JAMB and the Federal Ministry of Education as institutions which lack policy direction on the Nigerian education sector.

He said: “JAMB and the Federal Ministry of Education seem not to understand what they exactly want for education in Nigeria in respect of candidates seeking admission. Within a spate of a month, JAMB has ‘foisted’ two admission policies on the country.”

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