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JAMB Backpedals On POST UTME Directive

The shocking decision of the Joint Admission and Matriculation Board (JAMB) to embark on a new system of determining eligibility for Post UTME exercise has been rescinded.

This comes after parents of prospective students of the University of Lagos dragged JAMB to court over its decision to redistribute students who didn’t meet a high cut off mark to private universities. This came as a surprise to many parents after JAMB had initially set the cut off mark for universities at 180.

The students filed a motion at the Federal high Court yesterday claiming that JAMB had breached Section 5(1)(c)(iii) of the JAMB Act Cap 193 of the Laws of the Federation. It said, “The provisions of Section 5(1)(c)(iii) of the JAMB Act are very clear and unambiguous. The letter and spirit of the provisions are to ensure that the preferences of candidates, in terms of the university they choose to attend, are sacrosanct. Even a contrary or adverse decision by individual university cannot override the decision made pursuant to the provisions of Section (5)1)(c)(iii).”

The examination body has rescinded its earlier decision and returned to status quo.

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