The Joint Admission and Matriculation Board (JAMB) has explained that admissions would only be given to qualified candidates who apply for courses into various institutions across the country.
The examination board made this known via its Volume 1, No 13 weekly Bulletin of the Office of the Registrar which was made available to the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) on Monday in Abuja.
The board described as misleading and erroneous, information being circulated that over fifty percent of candidates who apply yearly for admissions into various institutions across the country are not admitted.
The board also decried the report that every year, after the conduct of the Unified Tertiary Matriculation Examination (UTME), where millions of candidates apply, barely twenty percent get admitted.
“The truth is that, admissions can only be given to qualified candidates, hence, any figure being bandied around should also be based on the total number of candidates who applied are qualified.
“It will be unfortunate postulation if the candidates who do not have any basis to be considered for admissions to any tier of the nation’s tertiary institutions are also included in the final tabulation of candidates admitted.
“Given this scenario, it will be absurd for any narrative to assume huge admission backlogs without first considering whether the candidates that are admitted are actually qualified for the courses that applied for,” the board stated.
The board, however, said that it was important to note that it had never admitted less than 60 percent of the total number of candidates who qualified for admissions in any given year, adding that the reports about the number of admitted candidates were misplaced