With effect from this year (2017), candidates awaiting results would no longer be eligible to apply for the Universities Tertiary Matriculation Examination, the Joint Admissions and Matriculation Board, said in Abuja on Tuesday.

The organisation also said it had concluded all restructuring and reforms and is now set to commence the sale of its application document in March.

A statement by the spokesperson of JAMB, Dr. Fabian Benjamin, said the agency had taken time
to add value to the services it have been offering to Nigerians for over three decades.
According to him, the restructuring was aimed at expanding the opportunities available to candidates since almost all the public universities do not consider candidates on the
second choice list because they hardly exhaust their first choice.

He said,

“We have designed a Central Admissions Processing System where the Board will
interface with the institutions and ensure the compliance of the reform. The summary is that
no candidate will be admitted with awaiting result.
Candidates and their parents are also to note that JAMB has restructured the registration
platform to allow for only one choice of public university. The new registration platform will now be first choice, second choice, third choice and fourth choice and not most preferred, preferred
etc as it was.
“Candidates’ first choice can be a college, University, Innovative Enterprises Institutions or
Polytechnic/Monotechnic.

However, if a candidate makes a Public University his first
choice, he will not have any public University to choose for second, third and fourth choice.
He will have on the remaining three choices, a College, Polytechnic, Private University and IEI’S.
However, candidates for the 2017 UTME can now select National Certificate in Education (College)
or National Diploma (Polytechnic/Monotechnic)
as their first choice up to third choice and the fourth IEI. They can select the IEI (Innovative Enterprise Institution, ND) as their first choice up to the fourth choice, but can only pick a public
university once.”

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