The Joint Admissions and Matriculation Board (JAMB) yesterday said it will not tolerate illegal admissions by any higher institution, warning that students admitted illegally won't be regularised anymore.
JAMB Registrar, Prof. Is-haq Oloyede, stated this at a Training and Sensitization Forum on Central Admissions Processing System (CAPS) for admission offers, candidates and stakeholders on in Abuja.
"We know that we have abused the process. What we have been doing is to send N5,000 each to JAMB in the name of regularization without capturing their picture, without capturing anything. You pay N5,000 and then they are regularized.
"We have not stopped to do backlog but from 2016 upward we will not allow anybody to do backdoor admission. Anybody that is not properly admitted cannot benefit from regularization.
"You cannot admit anybody under the table. Let us know your problem and let us collectively solve the problem so that you do not need to do such thing.
"We don't have accurate data because what we have on record is different from real life. We cannot continue to do that. We will protest to the whole world that we have 500 students in our institutions but in reality they are about 1 million but 500,000 thousand have been admitted illegally," he said.
The board said only candidates who meet the O' level and A' level requirements and other criteria set by institutions would be offered admission in 2017/2018.
Prof. Oloyede said: "Scoring higher than the cut-off mark does not guarantee admission but makes the candidate eligible for admission consideration. It is not UTME that qualifies the person. It is O level, A level that qualifies a person for admission.
"That is why you can go from here to UK, you can go to Ghana, Uganda, Republic of Benin, nobody ask you of your UTME, they ask for your O level because by law it is the school cert that qualifies you not JAMB," he said.