By Felix Khanoba
The Joint Admissions and Matriculation Board (JAMB) has expressed strong concern over the refusal of some candidates to accept admission offers in its Central Admission Processing System (CAPS).
The Board, which said a large number of its candidates in the 2019 Unified Tertiary Matriculation Examination (UTME) are yet to confirm their admission on CAPS, warned that such persons will end up not considered as students.
“Candidates are to ensure that they accept their admissions on CAPS to validate their admission,” JAMB said in a bulletin made available to The AUTHORITY in Abuja on Sunday by its spokesman, Dr Fabian Benjamin. “Anything contrary is seen as invalid admission.”
Though the Board did not disclose the number of candidates that are yet to accept their admission, the figure is believed to be in tens of thousands.
Over 1.8 million candidates sat for the 2019 UTME with a reasonable number of them failing to meet requirements for admission into the nation’s tertiary education institutions.
While JAMB has called on candidates to do the needful so as to avoid any regret, most of the affected persons are said to have accepted their admissions from portals provided by individual institutions.
But the JAMB’s bulletin advised all candidates to visit its website to ascertain their admission status in order to carry out the necessary requirements.
“The Joint Admissions and Matriculation Board in compliance with statutory admissions requirements, published on its website the 2019 Provisional Matriculation List of admitted candidates who have accepted their offers of admission by the various tertiary institutions in Nigeria as well as the names of candidates who have been offered admission by these tertiary institutions but are yet to accept such offers.
“The list of fully-admitted candidates in all the tertiary institutions in the country is hereby published on the Board’s website. For ease of checking, candidates can
visit: www.jamb.gov.ng., proceed to menu titled ‘STUDENTS+’, select the
submenu ‘CHECK MATRICULATION LIST’ option and search for their names by entering their ten-digit JAMB registration number.
“There is a large number of candidates who have been offered provisional admission but are yet to accept the admission.
“A list containing their names is also on display on the Board’s website and such candidates are to immediately accept such offers by using the CAPS Mobile App downloaded from the Google Play Store. With the App successfully
installed and accessed on their devices, candidates do not need to visit any CBT centre or cybercafe as doing so would be a violation of the work-from-home/stay-at-home order in place in most parts of the country.
“Candidates should note that failure to accept such offers of admission on the CAPS platform would result in the forfeiture of such admissions.
“Candidates are also to note that acceptance of admission on any website other than CAPS is not a valid acceptance as any admission not processed and accepted through CAPS is not known to JAMB.
“Alternatively, affected candidates who are not sure of their 2019 admission status can
check for such from their phones by sending “STATUS 2019” to 55019.
“However, in the event of any challenges, candidates are to lodge their complaints
immediately by using the online ticketing platform at support.jamb.gov.ng under “2019 Admission List Issue”.
“Candidates are to note that only those who had accepted their offers of
admissions on CAPS and whose names appear on the Provisional Matriculation List are recognised as bona fide students of the various institutions.
“By implication, if a candidate’s name is not on this published list which will be sent to all tertiary institutions, NYSC and other stakeholders, his/her application for mobilisation in the NYSC scheme, employment, among others, would be declined,” the bulletin said.