The Joint Admissions and Matriculation Board, JAMB, yesterday, announced that the Direct Entry (DE) application, which began in December 2017, would close on June 4.
The Board’s Head of Media, Fabian Benjamin, made the announcement in an interview in Abuja.
According to Mr him, over 140,000 candidates have so far obtained the forms online.
He said the closure became necessary in order to avail the board enough time to plan ahead for the 2018 admission process into various institutions.
“With the policy meeting coming up on June 26, which involves the Minister of Education and all stakeholders in the sector, the 2018 admission guidelines would be discussed and approved for the board. This includes both for the Unified Tertiary Matriculation Examination (UTME) and DE. Therefore, candidates who are still interested and want to apply for the DE should use the window period of seven days to apply, as no extension of date will be granted.”
Similarly, Mr. Benjamin said the board has released the results of the mop-up examination conducted for candidates who were rescheduled for the UTME on Saturday, May 26.
Recall that the board had, recently, conducted a mop-up examination for over 12,000 candidates in some of its centres across the country.
This included those whose biometrics could not be captured during the initial period of the UTME in March and those who were not able to see their results and did not involve in any form of malpractice.
Others included those who were unable to print out their e-slip before the earlier examinations and those whose centres were cancelled for suspected malpractices.
On the admission process, Mr. Benjamin told NAN that the board frowned at some institutions that breached the constitutional guidelines for the entire process by making advertorials before the policy meeting.
He explained that all institutions must note that they are not to make any form of adverts for admissions into their schools until after the policy meeting.
According to the spokesman, this is because the meeting is the only authorized body that approves admission process for every preceding year, saying “Advertising before the policy meeting is a violation and abuse of the entire process.
“They must recall that at the meeting, all proceedings, rules and regulations guiding the admissions are discussed and unanimously approved by all stakeholders. However, a list of institutions that breached this rule is being compiled by the board and to be forwarded to the appropriate body for sanction.”
Mr. Benjamin added that in view of the above, those who intend to make admission adverts before the slated meeting are urged to have a rethink and halt.