HISTORY OF JAMB


HISTORY OF JAMB
INTRODUCTION
The Joint Admissions and Matriculations Board (JAMB) is a Nigerian entrance examination board for tertiary-level institutions. The examinations being administered are available for most students who choose to apply to Nigerian public and private monotechnics, polytechnics, and universities. Most of these candidates must already have concluded their external examinations, administered either by the West African Examinations Council (WAEC) or the Nigerian National Examination Council (Nigeria) (NECO).
HISTORY
By 1974, there were seven federal universities in the country. Every one of these existing universities conducted its own concessional examination and admitted its students. However, this system of admission revealed serious limitations and quite often wastes of resources in the process of administering the concessional examination, especially on the part of the candidates. The general untidiness in the uncoordinated system of admissions into universities and the attendant problems were sufficient cause for concern to the committee of vice chancellors.
In the 2009 University Matriculation Exam, the grading system of the normally reputable examination body was subject to serious controversy when the overall performance was one of the poorest on records. Much to JAMB’s embarrassment, it was later revealed that the machines which optically graded the papers had erroneous answers and the JAMB changed some students scores by as much as 15%.
These problems had assumed new dimensions when by 1976, the then federal military government, under the leadership of General Olusẹgun Ọbasanjọ, established six additional universities. Consequently, the government set up a national committee on university entrance under the chairmanship of Mr. M. S. Angulu. In December 2013, The management of Joint Admission and Matriculation (JAMB) introduce a new system for Candidates that are applying for an admission in the higher instuttions,Jamb cancelled the option of choosing at least two university as a choice, The new system will only allow an applicant to can fill one University, one Polytechnic, one College of Education and one Computer Institutes unlike before during form registration.
On 17th April 2014, The Joint Admission and Matriculation Board released her 2014 Jamb result edition for those that registered for her Pencil and Paper examination type. The statistic showed that over a total number of 990,179 candidates registered for Pencil and Paper examination type while 25,325 candidates registered for DBT which amounts to 1,015,504 applicants”.
And out 36,164 were taken as invalid results and 37,315 are for students who were absent on the exam date. 2,494 results were withheld due to various examination malpractices.
The Joint Admission and Matriculation board is expected to write her “computer base test” starting from the 17th of May 2014 to the 31st of May 2014.
JAMB cancels 36,164 results, withholds 2,494,The Registrar/Chief Executive of JAMB,Prof. Dibu Ojerinde, stated this in Abuja, while announcing the release of the 2014 UTME results. He said only 24 candidates scored 250 and above in the PPT while 23 candidates scored 250 and above in the DBT.

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