The Joint Admissions and Matriculation Board (JAMB) says no university should reject any applicant based on sudden change of admission guidelines.
The Registrar, Professor Is-haq O. Oloyede, said during the extra ordinary technical committee meeting on 2016 admissions to first choice institutions at Baze University, Abuja, that the sudden change of admission criteria by some institutions would not be accepted and that such changes must be announced in future admission exercises.
“JAMB will not accept whatever is done arbitrarily and I hope those that are here will make adjustment. They must be able to explain why somebody with high score was not taken. I have a particular school where the person who scored the highest marks was not taken and the reason was because the university changed its rules. You cannot change the rules when the game is on. You have to wait until 2017 to publish the new rules; you cannot have a particular rule and changed to another,” he said.
He said universities had the right to devise criteria for admission but that the criteria must be reasonable, explicit and must have been published in the 2016 admission brochure.
He said the first batch of the admission lists was out on Friday. He said it was illegal for any institution to admit candidates above its carrying capacity, adding that institutions that were yet to update their requirements for the 2017 brochure should urgently do so.