The Joint Admissions and Matriculation Board (JAMB) has addressed concerns regarding certain tertiary institutions allegedly issuing certificates and graduating students who were never matriculated.
Ishaq Oloyede, the board’s registrar, highlighted that some of these institutions have not matriculated any students in the past five years. In JAMB’s recent bulletin, Oloyede discussed this issue during a two-day refresher training for all admission desk officers held at the JAMB headquarters in Abuja last week.
Oloyede emphasized that enrolling students for a degree program without proper matriculation represents a clear violation of the board’s established regulations. He expressed concern, stating, “Some of these institutions obtained approval to operate but failed to comply with other necessary regulations, simply running the institutions according to their own terms.”
He questioned the legitimacy of institutions that have never admitted any candidates yet continue issuing certificates and graduating students. Oloyede asserted that institutions failing to matriculate students in any given year would be considered as not having admitted students during that period.
Furthermore, he cautioned that such institutions would operate their programs at risk, as graduates from these institutions may not be eligible for the compulsory National Youth Service Corps (NYSC) scheme.
Oloyede urged desk officers to maintain constant communication with institutions, particularly when there are issues preventing proper matriculation.