The Joint Admissions and Matriculation Board (JAMB) has disclosed modalities for the absorption of returnee students from war-ravaged countries into Nigerian universities.
The modalities were revealed in a statement by JAMB's Head of Public Affairs and Protocol, Dr Fabian Benjamin and made available to newsmen in Abuja on Wednesday.
According to Benjamin, the modalities come after the high-level meeting between the Federal Ministry of Education, Federal Ministry of Health, JAMB, Nigeria in Diaspora Commission (NiDCOM), National Universities Commission(NUC) and other critical stakeholders.
He noted that the meeting bordered on the absorption of returnee Nigerian students from war-torn countries into the nation’s tertiary education system.
The Public Affairs Head quoted the JAMB Registrar, Prof. Is-haq Oloyede as saying that it is important to meet with the Vice Chancellors in line with the peculiarities of each university and the variation in their responses on the matter.
Oloyede, therefore, noted that the emergency meeting was summoned to decide on standards and minimum acceptable measures for the proposed absorption in line with global best practices.
He also said that the Senate of each university had the right to decide on university transfers and should not for JAMB to institute such.
He added that the meeting with the stakeholders was to present the modalities for review as well as receive intakes.
The Registrar reminded the Vice Chancellors to consider earlier Advisory sent to universities on the guidelines for processing applications for foreign and domestic inter-university transfers.
He said that the current Advisory on the returnees does not override the earlier one but will reinforce it by supporting the procedures for transfers.
”According to the latest Advisory on procedures for emergency transfers of returning students, each of them is mandated to do a retroactive registration with the education ministry.
”They are to visit the returnee application page on IBASS as accessible from the JAMB website, where the returnee students would upload their registration slips, complete the transfer of personal data.
”The personal data would include their name, NIN, telephone number, active e-mail account, current university, country, city of study and programme, year and current level of study.
‘According to the new procedures, the returnee students would select their preferred university of choice, programme and upload the scanned copies of their current university admission letter, transcript, data page of their international passport and a sworn affidavit confirming the genuineness of uploaded documents.
”The returnee students are directed to click SUBMIT for onward movement to their university of choice, which would receive a notification as well as an IBASS mail on the application for evaluation of the returnee’s credentials. If the returnee is found worthy of admission, a notification is sent to him/her on the status of the admission.
”Consequently, successful returnees students would be directed via email and SMS to approach any JAMB Office in person to complete the inter-university transfer application,” he said.
Oloyede charged the Vice Chancellors to be attentive and thoroughly investigate the certificates submitted to their institutions to avoid any traps that could affect their hard-earned reputation.
Stakeholders from the FME, NUC, NiDCOM and Vice Chancellors, who aligned themselves with the position of JAMB, vowed to support the initiative.
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