The Joint Admissions and Matriculation Board (JAMB) has discovered a million illegal admissions.

The Joint Admissions and Matriculation Board (JAMB) has discovered a million illegal admissions.

FastNews reports that, according to the Joint Admissions and Matriculation Board, one million illegitimate institutional admissions have been identified thus far.

The board expressed surprise that less than 5% of such students’ information had been posted to the board’s portal as required by the universities.

It blamed the illicit admissions on the failure of some candidates to get their acceptance letters, which would have qualified them to continue on the one-year required National Youth Service Corps or obtain exemption letters.

According to Fabian Benjamin, the board’s Head of Media and Protocol, this situation was especially prevalent among the products of unreported unlawful institutional admissions done outside the Central Admissions Processing System (CAPS) between 2017 and 2020.

The statement said: “The series of complaints emanated from the frustrations of these set of students who are expressing anger at the lack of formal recognition of their degrees by relevant authorities.

“Consequently, the Hon. Minister of Education, Mall. Adamu, had, out of compassion, approved a final batch of these underhand admissions.

“It should be recalled that, based on that act of magnanimity, the Board had placed relevant advertisements in three national dailies (Blueprint, Guardian, and Vanguard) on November 24, 2021. The same notice was featured on the Board’s website, coupled with an easy-to-use advisory issued to all institutions of higher learning to guide them on how these candidates could be redeemed.

“Based on available data close to one million undisclosed illegal institutional admissions have been disclosed so far. What is, however, surprising is that, as of today, less than 5% of such students’ details had been uploaded on the board portal by the institutions as required.

“It is even more egregious to note that even among the few that had been uploaded by the schools on the Board portal many of the schools had not correctly keyed in their details.

“The Board, therefore, uses this medium to appeal to institutions to immediately upload appropriately the matriculation numbers, names, disciplines, year of graduation, and other necessary details of the candidates for the Board to process the candidates’ condolement applications.

“The Board reiterates that it is incumbent on the institutions to correctly key in the details of the candidates as illustrated in the advisory issued to institutions, advertised in the dailies and on the Board’s website for the prompt processing of candidates’ retroactive admission letters for them to obtain necessary clearance for their hitherto underhand admissions.”

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