Through its Interactive e-Brochure and e-Syllabus System, the Joint Admissions and Matriculation Board (JAMB) has announced the automation of curriculum, accreditation admittance, and general administration matters between the board, tertiary institutions, and their regulatory authorities (IBASS).
Prof. Ishaq Oloyede, the Registrar of the board, said this on Monday in Abuja during a meeting with regulatory authorities and tertiary institutions from the Northern and Southern regions.
Oloyede stated that beginning January 1, 2023, the board would only accept correspondence from institutions and agencies via IBASS.
He stated that IBASS will facilitate communication between JAMB, institutions, and their regulatory agencies without the need for letters, as had been the norm previously.
He added that the automation of curriculum, accreditation, and general administration issues between JAMB, regulatory agencies, and institutions would provide personalized services to the institutions and agencies since only JAMB and the institution would be able to view any communication on the platform.
“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 such as NUC, the National Board for Technical Education (NBTE), and the National Commission for Colleges of Education (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 programs and accreditation of programs. And what we receive from institutions is essentially about admission and registration or accreditation of new courses or quota issue,” he said.
Oloyede added that have been able to enhance its communication with over 2 million students across tertiary institutions in the country through its Central Admission Processing System (CAPS), it could apply the same to regulatory agencies and tertiary institution admission and accreditation matters.
“With this platform, if the NUC approves admission quota, it would be centralized 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 know 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 head of JAMB stated that the platform would also increase the effectiveness of all board functions.
Prof. Abubakar Rasheed, Executive Secretary of the National Universities Commission (NUC), stated that over the past six years, JAMB has developed good relationships with regulatory authorities and institutions of higher education around the country.
Rasheed expressed confidence that the friendly partnership would continue to provide several mutual benefits, such as the establishment of the platforms.
He lauded the JAMB board for establishing CAPS and IBASS, stating that this will increase JAMB’s effectiveness and efficiency.
He noted that the introduction of IBASS has revolutionized the country’s admissions procedure and urged other institutions to make the most of this innovation.
Prof. Idris Bugaje, Executive Secretary of the National Board for Technical Education (NBTE), stated that the adoption of IBASS and CAPS is the way to go because the nation needs to digitize all communication.
Bugaje criticized the reluctance of some polytechnic rectors to embrace digitization, saying that the board would soon begin digitizing all of its operations, including accreditation in every polytechnic in the country.
Prof. Paulinus Okwelle, Executive Secretary of the National Commission for Colleges of Education (NCCE), highlighted that the platform will streamline the admissions process.
Okwelle praised the JAMB registrar on the numerous measures done to decrease delay and increase efficiency, noting that IBASS would eliminate obstacles and increase admissions process efficiency.