JAMB to Link CAPS Platform with ICPC Over Admission Infractions

Joint Admissions and Matriculation Board (JAMB) Concludes Plans and Arrangements to Link the Central Admission Processing System (CAPS) Platform with the Independent Corrupt Practices and other related Offences Commission (ICPC) Over Admission Infractions by Institutions.

Determined to prevent admission infractions in the 2020 Admission Exercise as well as ensure fairness and equity in the conduct of admissions, the Joint Admission and Matriculation Board (JAMB) has concluded arrangements to link its Central Admissions Processing System (CAPS) platform with the Independent Corrupt Practices and other related offences Commission (ICPC).

The Registrar of the Board, Prof. ls-haq Oloyede, dropped this hint at a meeting with some tertiary institutions at the Board's Headquarters, Bwari, Abuja, on Thursday, 5th March, 2020.

The Registrar pointed out that some institutions had continued to flagrantly abuse the automated platform listing such infractions as total jettisoning of CAPS, coercing high- scoring candidates to opt for other programmes to give room for their favoured candidates and offline admission.

Other unwholesome acts noticed in the 2019 Admission Exercise, according to the Registrar, included skipping high-scoring candidates on the merit list without any justification and substituting them with low-scoring ones, among other infractions.

The Registrar said these acts are criminal, wicked and unacceptable, hence those found aiding and abetting admission irregularities would be liable for prosecution by the anti-graft agency. 

Prof. Oloyede cautioned defaulting institutions that the ICPC's sledge hammer would fall on any institution or official that circumvents the guidelines governing admissions and CAPS platform put in place to guarantee seamless admission exercise. 

He said, ”There should be no debate about merit. Merit is merit and it is not negotiable. High-scoring candidates ought to be admitted first.”

Some of the institutions in attendance at the meeting included: Abubakar Tafawa Balewa University, Bauchi; University of Nigeria, Nsukka; Federal College of Education (T), Gusau; Federal Polytechnic, Bida, College of Education, Kura, among others.