JAMB Warns Institutions Against Admission Outside CAPS

Joint Admissions and Matriculation Board (JAMB) Warns / Cautions Institutions Against Offering Illegitimate Admission Outside JAMB CAPS But on their Portal, Threatens to Prosecute Defaulting Institutions.

The attention of the Joint Admissions and Matriculation Board (JAMB) has been drawn to complaints by the general public on the illegitimate admission been offered by some public universities.

According to JAMB we have received complaints from the general public that three Public Universities have devised a method of “offering admission” to candidates outside the Central Admissions Processing System (CAPS) on their own designated portals.

The device is a ploy to lure innocent and more qualified candidates from their preferred programmes.

The “offering” of admission to candidates by the institutions outside the CAPS is a deliberate act done with the intent to lure unsuspecting candidates to accept other programmes  (courses) aside from their programmes  (courses) of choice.

The CAPS system is  designed among otherthings to: 
i. prevent institutions from unilaterally changing or proposing a candidate for admission into other programmes (courses) other than his/her chosen one;

ii. disallow an institution to skip a higher ranking candidate to pick a less ranking candidate;

iii. allow an institution to recommend a substitute programme for the consent or rejection by a relatively low-ranking candidate who is not likely to secure a place in his/her initial programme; and

iv. allow a low-ranking candidate on each programme to, on his or her own, opt-out of consideration from the initial programme and be considered for a programme where he/she ranks high enough to be considered.

In order to circumvent the rights of  these candidates which the JAMB  CAPS is protecting and eliminate from  the list in each particular programme,  the highest-ranking candidates, the institutions are using their own portals to unlawfully persuade and pressurize the innocent candidates to either accept another course and then make a change of course on the JAMB portal to the new course they have been “supposedly offered” on their own portal or to psychologically bully the candidates to accept the new course when it is subsequently proposed for their consent on the JAMB CAPS.

JAMB wishes to state that these tricks which are meant to usurp the rights of the candidates are improper and should be disregarded by the candidates.

All institutions employing such tricks are putting into jeopardy the future of the illegitimately favoured less qualified candidates as the Board will not condone or regularize such irregular admission.

Any candidate who accepts any offer of admission made outside CAPS (i.e. not on JAMB’s candidates’ profile) does so at his/her own risk.

There shall be no regularization of any irregular or condonment of illegal admission.

Appropriate caution has been given to these universities which are to promptly withdraw and desist from such illegitimate action.

Any such act will henceforth be visited with appropriate sanctions.

The Board shall protect the rights of all candidates to be given their due irrespective of their social status.

Latest Update: JAMB to Prosecute Institutions and Candidates Found Breaching the Admission Process



The Joint Admissions and Matriculation Board (JAMB) has revealed that it will work with security agencies to prosecute any institution or candidate, found breaching its admission’s code of operations. The board made this known in its latest Weekly Bulletin.

It said that henceforth, stringent measures, including prosecution, would be taken against erring candidates or institutions once a prima facie case has been established against them.

JAMB Registrar noted that although the Central Admissions Process System (CAPS) had made the admission process transparent, fair, and equitable, some stakeholders were, however, working hard to circumvent the system.

He said that one of the infractions observed, especially being committed by institutions, included offering candidates admission outside CAPS.

Others are candidates to opt for other programmes, to give room for their favoured but low-scoring candidates and also offline admissions.

The registrar described the acts as criminal, wicked, and unacceptable, adding that those found aiding and abetting admissions irregularities would be prosecuted.

“There should be no debate about merit. “Merit is merit and it is not negotiable; high-scoring candidates ought to be admitted first.’’

The board also disclosed that it had taken a holistic view of all outstanding processes, to ensure the quick conclusion of the 2020 admissions.

It stated that CAPS had since been activated for private institutions, given their peculiarities, while the public institutions were mandated to follow suit.

Concerning the date for the sale of the 2021 Unified Tertiary Matriculation Examination (UTME) and Direct Entry (DE) forms, the board stated that it would soon announced the date.