The Joint Admissions and Matriculation Board (JAMB) yesterday said it had withdrawn the admission lists sent earlier to universities, colleges of education and polytechnics for the 2016 academic session.
The move came amid controversy surrounding the insistence of the federal government to go on with the cancellation of Post-UTME across tertiary institutions in the country.
The decision by the government has continued to receive backlash and criticisms from a broad spectrum of university and tertiary education administrators and stakeholders.
But in a statement on the withdrawal of the admission list, JAMB Head of Media and Information, Dr. Fabian Benjamin, said: “The JAMB have withdrawn the list of recommended candidates for admission earlier sent to the tertiary institutions.
“This is to ensure that the university senate perform its statutory responsibility of conducting the selection of candidates and refer it to JAMB for confirmation in line with the admission criteria of merit, catchment and educationally disadvantaged states as directed by the Hon. Minister of Education at the policy committee meeting.”
Benjamin explained: “The earlier list was sent to help fast track the process of admission so as to allow other tiers of institutions also conduct their admission.
“Candidates should not panic because this is part of the process of the 2016 admission exercise. JAMB regrets any inconvenience this decision would have caused the tertiary institutions. The Board regrets any inconvenience it’s proactive step would have caused the tertiary institutions.”
More so, the withdrawal of the admission list may not be unconnected with the perceived confusion created earlier with the list, as some parents, guardians and students had misconceived the list to be the final admission list for the 2016 academic session.
According to officials, the withdrawal is an attempt to adhere to the new ban of Post-UTME, giving the universities and other tertiary education institutions the window to process the admission before referring to JAMB authorities in Abuja.