Ben Ezechime, Enugu
The Joint Admissions and Matriculation Board (JAMB) has trained over 200 participants drawn from different tertiary institutions in the South-East on the use of its newly introduced digital platforms to improve communication and ease admission processes.
They were trained on Central Admissions Processing System (CAPS) and Integrated Brochure and Syllabus System (IBASS) newly introduced by the Board for quality and efficient services.
The Registrar of JAMB, Prof. Ishaq Oloyede, in his opening remarks said that the training was aimed at bridging the communication gap between JAMB, tertiary institutions and its regulatory agencies.
Oloyede, who spoke via zoom said they engaged the participants to make things easier for all the stakeholders through JAMB online initiatives.
“We created CAPS as a technical platform for JAMB officials and heads of institutions, the Vice Chancellors, Rectors and others, to interact efficiently.
“So, when it comes to CAPS, admissions become seamless,” he said.
The registrar recalled that in 2017 the Board was able to create appropriate and adequate platform for the candidates/students to interact with JAMB.
“But other major stakeholders when it comes to admission and administration, particularly with the regulatory agencies like National Universities Commission (NUC), National Commission for College of Education and NBTE, communication is confusing.
“This is because JAMB will not be aware when they accredit some institution or courses. At times, we will have to check to see if they have given accreditation to some schools. All these become a problem due to communication gap,” Oloyede said.
He explained that the communication gap made them to create a platform for the curriculum and admission for institutions.
According to him, when it come to accreditation, the regulatory agencies accredit institutions and it is on that basis that JAMB admits candidates.
“There is need for a three way communication whereby, when it comes to issue of accreditation, curriculum, amendment of requirements and others, JAMB, institutions and regulatory agencies will be involved.
“It is for this reason that we unveiled IBASS for vibrant communication and it is efficient and keeps our records permanently because nobody can deny it.
“From January 1, there will be no letter writing and any issue relating to accreditation, approval of the programme, amendment of curriculum will be done on IBASS platform,” he said.
Also speaking, the Zonal Director, JAMB, Enugu, Mrs Ebere Okeke, said the platforms would remove the risk and pain of institutions travelling to submit physical letters at its headquarters.
She added that, there would be no network challenge as the board had been using similar platforms for its exams for candidates without network failures.
The participants at the training include, Head of institutions, Vice Chancellors, Provosts, Rectors, Registrars, Admission Officers, Deputy Vice Chancellor Academics and others.
A participant and Admission Officer, University of Nigeria Nsukka (UNN), Dr Godwin Nnaji, described the training as extremely desirable.
He said it would offer stakeholders some practical experience about JAMB news online platforms.