After Release of 2018 JAMB Results, What Next? Here's What To Do

We can say that the 2018 JAMB UTME has officially been concluded. While some candidates are counting their gains, others are counting their losses.

Which ever category you fall in, we just want you to know that a high JAMB score is not an automatic ticket to higher institution neither does a low JAMB score automatically disqualify you for admission.

After Release of 2018 JAMB Results, What Next? Here's What To Do

We have seen candidates with high JAMB scores who failed to gain admission into any institution and had to retake JAMB and we have equally seen candidates with low JAMB Scores (Less than 200) who gained admission without having to wait for another JAMB.

So basically, a low or high JAMB score is not the ultimate determinant of who gains and who doesn't gain admission. 

So at this point, what we expect all 2018 JAMB candidates to do is to ask the following critical questions?

>> What is my school's cut-off mark ?

>> What is the cut-off mark for my intended course of study?

>> Do I need a change of course/institution?

>> What's the school's Post-UTME Screening like?

>> How Can I prepare adequately for my school's Post-UTME Screening?

The answer to these critical questions will help you know what next step to take towards successfully securing admission this year.

And let's quickly tell you this, take off the retarding mindset that you can not go to a polytechnic. Are they for animals?

If going by your score, you stand a better chance of gaining admission in a polytechnic, for goodness sake, change your institution to a polytechnic if you didn't pick one during your JAMB registration. Unless of course you don't mind patronising JAMB next year. And if that is the case, good luck to you!

Meanwhile, do not forget Myschool will be there for you all through the journey. So ensure you visit regularly for updates regarding the 2018/2019 Admission exercise.

Admission Success to you all!

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Comments (171)

2 years ago
seems some candidates with same issue av been rescheduled.... check ur profile
2 years ago
Wow. I was finally rescheduled. Will retake my exams on Saturday... Thank u lord
  • Ishola: dats awesome, i'm happy 4 u, u'll finally av ur result.... make sure u prepare well oo.... is it d same center u ar posted to?
    Like 0    Dislike 0   2 years ago
2 years ago
plz I scored 187 in my jamb, can I study vet medicine in umudike university
2 years ago
why haven't i seen my result please
2 years ago
I scored 191 in jamb for nursing unical.i wanna change my course to pharmacy.will my score be ok? Or is der polythenic in ph or akwa ibom dat does any medical courses?
2 years ago
i wrote eng,maths,econs&commerce.which university will take commerce.i chose unilag.i need 2 change sch
  • chioma: tru unilag Dnt accept commerce in jamb in tink u shld check jamb brochure to kn wat course u can offer with dat
    Like 0    Dislike 0   2 years ago
2 years ago
Will uniport conduct post-utme?
I want to know if it will be written exams or o levels point grading.
If it's gonna be written exams, what are the subjects for medicine? Please I need urgent reply. Thanks.
2 years ago
*Chronicles of the ban on Post-UTME: Why it was bound to happen (1)*

Posted on : 6th March 2018 By
Abdussalam Amoo

A Federal High Court in Abuja last Friday, 2nd March, declared the Post-Unified Tertiary Matriculation Examination (Post- UTME) conducted by universities, polytechnics and colleges of education in Nigeria as illegal. According to it, there was no extant law authorising the exercise.

The court also ruled that only the Joint Admissions and Matriculations Board (JAMB) could conduct matriculation examinations and give admissions into tertiary institutions by virtue of section 5 (1 ) (2 ) of the JAMB Act.

It was a law suit filed by the Legal Defence and Assistance Project (LEDAP ) against JAMB, the Minister of Education and the National Universities Commission (NUC) that led to the judgment.

This post chronicles why the ban on Post-UTME, otherwise called Post-JAMB was bound to happen.

*Why Post-UTME*

Various tertiary institutions have, over the years been conducting the Post-UTME. They usually adduce that to the lack of confidence in the UTME conducted by JAMB. This reason cannot be wished away.

JAMB was created in 1978 by existing universities at the time in a bid to ensure a uniform standard for the conduct of matriculation examination and placement of suitable candidates into Nigerian universities. The law establishing JAMB was later amended to cater for the conduct of monotechnics, polytechnic and colleges of education matriculation examination.

The UTME is therefore a centralised examination towards tackling issues of the lack of standards and uniformity in admission processes, multiple application by students which led to multiple admissions for some candidates and deprived others of the opportunity to gain admission into tertiary institutions.

Until 2009, JAMB would conduct two exams every year separately for universities and other tertiary education admission. That for universities was called the Universities Matriculations Examination (UME). The other exam catered for monotechnics, polytechnic and colleges of education. That was called Polytechnics and Colleges of Examination (PCE). In 2009, the two were merged into one exam called the UTME.

Under the UTME, candidates could choose three (later four) institutions comprising the combination of tertiary institutions. A cutoff mark would determine whether a student may like gain admission or not. Those above ground would proceed for the Post-UTME.

Five years before UTME came into place, the Post-UME had materialised in selected universities. It started out as a screening after the UME but soon metamorphosed into an exam.

A former Executive Secretary of the NUC, Peter Okebukola revealed in an interview that the existence of Post-UME could be attributed to noticeable evidence of widespread examination malpractices in some schools where UME held.

In his words, “During my tenure as Executive Secretary, it started in the form of screening.

“It was aimed at getting quality candidates into our tertiary institutions, especially the universities.

“It all happened that (in 2005), some of the Vice Chancellors after the UME came to me on a Sunday after the examination the previous day.

“They reported that there was a big issue in a particular university which I will not like to mention but they complained that almost half of the students of the university sat for the UME.

“And when I asked why, they said some persons who are candidates of UME used these students to write the examination for them as mercenaries.

“It then dawned on us that some of these people that normally brandish high scores are not really the true owners of such scores.”

This discovery led Professor Okebukola to hold a meeting with the then JAMB Registrar, Professor Bello Salim towards ensuring that standards are upheld in tertiary institution admission.

The duo worked together with then Minister of Education, Chinwe Obaji by instituting what was to be called the Post-UME Screening.

Chinwe Obaji
In her defence, she argued that “the screening exercise will take care of all kinds of ills in the universities as it will make sure that it is only those students who are ready to learn that are given admission.”

On a personal note, Professor Obaji’s son almost lost admission into the university around the time owing to his low score compared to other UME candidates. He later came off with flying colours better than the higher scoring UME students in the school.

Obaji saw stopping the suspected high score fraud as a duty following her appointment as minister in June 2005. She and her successors only fell short of legalising the Post-UME cum Post-UTME.

But Ex-President Olusegun Obasanjo objected to the idea of a Post-UME Screening citing its nonexistence under the law establishing JAMB.

The fifth National Assembly (2003-2007) even summoned the concerned parties before it to clarify why they had to allow a Post-UME Screening.

They clarified before the parliament that it wouldn’t be another multiple choice paper like the UME. Rather, it would be oral questions and some essay writing in order to assess the candidates’ writing skills and check both poor written and oral English on the part of candidates.

A few universities reneged on that and started conducting multiple choice exams like the UME. They noted that the best was not being seen in products of the UME and Post UME screenings. There was also the factor of imbuing computer literacy in the prospective students based on the 21st Century trend.

An example is the University of Ilorin (UNILORIN), which in 2007 conducted the first Computer-Based Test (CBT) for Post-UME candidates in Nigeria for those who sought admission into the school. We would come back to this later.

Then, the UTME had evolved over the years from an exam candidates don’t see results until after months to one in which results are available on the same day; from pen to Computer-Based, from examination malpractices ridden to a digitally monitored system.

The level of continuity in reforms by successive leaderships of JAMB is not unnoticed. Notable in this context are the tenures of Professors Bello Salim, Dibu Ojerinde and Ishaq Oloyede as registrars.

Meanwhile, evidences of malpractices hitherto believed to be perculiar to JAMB are now more abound in schools conducting the Post-UTME. Issues of extortionist tendencies in the conduct of the Post-UTME are lingering on.

Pundits raised concerns that the existence of the other exam after the UTME meant it was time JAMB was scrapped. They believe JAMB had outlived is usefulness if another exam could be conducted in its stead. Others saw an improvement in the conduct of UTME as the way out. The legality of the Post-UTME was all that was needed by the litigants to put the arguments to rest.

*Chronicles of the ban on Post-UTME: Why it was bound to happen (2)*

Posted on : 14th March 2018 By
Abdussalam Amoo

This is a continuation of the series on the ban on Post-UTME by a Nigerian law court. In part one, we traced the origin of the exam while identifying its nature. In case you missed that,

The defendants in the litigation (JAMB, NUC and the Federal Ministry of Education) have taken various stances on the permissibility of the conduct of the Post-UTME in the past. recalls that after banning the conduct of the Post-UTME in 2016, the Federal Government of Nigeria through the Education minister, Adamu Adamu later allowed its conduct in 2017 citing the initial ban as a mistake.

When it banned the exercise in June 2016, Adamu noted that a second examination was unnecessary after the Unified Tertiary Matriculation Examination (UTME) conducted by the Joint Admissions and Matriculation Board (JAMB). He was also worried about the added financial burden on candidates and their parents to register for the examinations by various schools.

That happened under the leadership of Professor Dibu Ojerinde as JAMB Registrar. The meeting a year later was under Professor Ishaq Oloyede. It was at the 2016 combined policy meeting on admissions to Universities, Polytechnics and other higher institutions in Nigeria organised by JAMB.

Adamu said, “Our universities shouldn’t be conducting another examination; if they have any complaint against JAMB, they should come to the Ministry of Education and we will look into it.

“If JAMB is qualified to conduct the Computer-Based Test and they are conducting the test , then there should be no need for students to sit another examination to get admission.

“As far as I am concerned JAMB has built a level of confidence in terms of conducting the UTME. A situation where universities go and conduct other examinations is unnecessary.”

But on 22nd August, 2017, Mallam Adamu admitted that the 2016 decision to ban the Post-UTME was done in error and said he was “ill advised to take that decision.”

Perhaps, his 2016 ban on Post-UTME was based on impulse. A group of protesters believed to be students had stormed the venue of the policy meeting to protest the continuous conduct of the Post-UTME.

The protesters who blocked the
entrance of the NUC office back then called on the government, National Assembly and other major stakeholders to put an end to the conduct of Post-UTME .

Adamu Adamu, Nigerian Education Minister
Adamu, in the ban lifted on Post-UTME at the 2017 meeting, added that corruption in the system was also responsible for the initial decision to ban the Post-UTME exercise.

He, however, directed that no institution should charge any fee above N2, 000 per candidate in the exercise and warned that it must be corruption free.

His directive was not followed through as a number of schools charged candidates exorbitant prices.
Exorbitant prices of Post-UTME

Where there was an attempt to abide by the Minister’s directive during the 2017 Post-UTME, the institution indirectly added some sort of payments.

For example, at the Federal College of Education, Obudu, (FCE Obudu) Post-UTME screening exercise for degree programmes in programme affliation with the University of Calabar cost candidates N3000. This covers Aptitude Test/Screening fee of 2000 and portal charges of 1000.

But at the University of Benin (UNIBEN), the cost of the post-UTME included N2,000 for the screening, N1,500 for past question papers, and N1,500 for owners of the internet portal through which the registration is done. Besides, the school also added N1000 designated as bank charges.

Candidates that chose the Lagos State University (LASU) paid N5,000 for the internal Computer-Based Test (CBT) conducted with respect to that. The same amount was charged in 2016.

Both Abia State University (ABSU), Uturu and Ekiti State University (EKSU), Ado-Ekiti charged candidates N3,500. That’s aside some hidden fees, on the part of ABSU that made the payment rise to N5000.

Candidates at the Federal University, Oye-Ekiti (FUOYE) and the Federal University, Lokoja (FUL) paid N5,000 as Post-UTME fee while they also sort out bank charges, where necessary.

However, institutions such as the Adeyemi College of Education (ACE), Ondo and the Adekunle Ajasin University, Akungba-Akoko (AAUA) did not charge candidates more than the N2000 stipulated.

The same was applicable at the University of Abuja (UNIABUJA) which did not conduct an examination. Candidates paid N2000 for their results to be screened for admission.

The University of Lagos (UNILAG) officially billed N2000 for Post-UTME too but not without adding N400 which stands for bank charges.

There is obviously that lack of regulation in the amounts charged and the conduct of the exams by individual tertiary institutions despite the ministerial directive.
Francis brendon
2 years ago
Does Esut accept 2nd choice in jamb 2018.please reply it's urgent
2 years ago
Can i apply for English with 183 in unilorin?
  • Uchenna: What is uniport post utme like?
    Is it o levels or exams?
    If it's exams, what are the subjects for for med/surg.?
    Like 0    Dislike 0   2 years ago
2 years ago
pls help me 2 check my result 86071653BB
2 years ago
hi, is 203 good for SLT in Futo
Tesnika tss
2 years ago
And again, does tasued accept second choice? Anybodi plssss
Tesnika tss
2 years ago
I scored 200 in my previous jamb exam,, am i good to go for computer science at eksu or sud make for changes...replies plsss
La baute
2 years ago
Please does Imo state University offer nursing

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