The Joint Admissions and Matriculation Board, JAMB, has announced the automation of curriculum, accreditation, admissions, and general administration matters between the board, tertiary institutions and their regulatory agencies.
All communications will now be done through JAMB Interactive e-Brochure and e-Syllabus System, IBASS.
JAMB Registrar, Prof Ishaq Oloyede, who announced this at a meeting with regulatory agencies and tertiary institutions from the North and Southern regions at JAMB headquarters, Bwari, Abuja, said from the 1st of January 2023, the board will not receive any letter from any institution or agency except through IBASS.
JAMB Interactive e-Brochure and e-Syllabus System, IBASS is designed to ensure seamless communication between JAMB, tertiary institutions and their regulatory agencies which include National Universities Commission, NUC, National Board For Technical Education NBTE, and National Commission for colleges of Education NCCE without the use of letter writing as the practice has been.
The Registrar of the Joint Admissions and Matriculation Board, JAMB Prof Ishaq Oloyede explained that the automation of curriculum, accreditation and general administration matters among JAMB, regulatory agencies and Institutions would provide personalised services to the institutions and agencies.
“We discovered that we spend our time attending to letters from some major stakeholders of the board and the major stakeholders are essentially regulatory agencies: NUC, NBTE and NCCE. Apart from these stakeholders, we also receive from 890 institutions across the country.”
“Essentially, the regulatory agencies appeal to us for approval of new programmes and accreditation of programmes. And what we receive from institutions is essentially about admission and registration or accreditation of new courses or quota issue.
The JAMB boss said the board felt that having been able to automate its communication with over 2 million students across tertiary institutions in the country through its Central Admission Processing System, CAPS, it can apply same to admission and accreditation matters related to regulatory agencies and tertiary institutions.
“With this platform if NUC approves admission quota, it would be centralised in such a way that as soon as you see approved, everybody will see it and there is no need to write to JAMB.
“Before now, registrars of institutions had no say that they have been complaining that they want to fall to know what the what they are doing and a platform has been created for them they may not be able to effect changes but will see everything,” he said.
The JAMB boss noted that the platform will improve efficiency of all the operations of the board.
The Executive Secretary of the National Universities Commission, NUC, Prof Abubakar Rasheed, said the introduction of IBASS would revolutionised admission process in the country and urged all institutions to make the best use of the noble innovation.
On his part, the Executive Secretary of National Board for Technical Education, NBTE, Prof. Idris Muhammad Bugaje, said the introductions of IBASS and CAPS was the way to go as the nation requires digitization of all its communication.
Also, the Executive Secretary of National Commission for Colleges of Education, NCCE, Prof Paulinus Chijioke Okwelle, noted that the platform would make admission process seamless.
Professor Okwelle commended expressed confidence that IBASS would address challenges and improve efficiency in the admission process.