JAMB announces automation of curriculum & admission; In order to enable seamless communication between JAMB, universities, and their regulatory authorities, the Interactive e-Brochure and e-Syllabus System (IBASS) was developed.
Through its Interactive e-Brochure and e-Syllabus System, the Joint Admissions and Matriculation Board (JAMB) has announced the automation of curriculum, accreditation, admission, and general administration affairs between the board, tertiary schools, and their regulating authorities (IBASS).
At a meeting with regulatory organizations and tertiary institutions from the Northern and Southern regions on Monday in Abuja, Ishaq Oloyede, the board registrar, revealed this.
From January 1, 2023, the board won’t receive any letters from institutions or agencies other than through IBASS, according to Mr. Oloyede.
He claimed that IBASS will eliminate the need for letters as the method of communication between JAMB, institutions, and their regulatory agencies.
As only JAMB and the institution would be able to see communications on the platform, he added that the automation of curriculum, accreditation, and general administrative affairs among regulatory agencies, institutions, and JAMB would offer personalized services to the agencies and institutions.
“We found that the majority of our time is spent responding to letters from the board’s primary stakeholders, who are primarily regulatory organizations like NUC, the National Board for Technical Education (NBTE), and the National Commission for Colleges of Education (NCCE).
“In addition to these stakeholders, we also receive data from 890 institutions nationwide.
“In essence, the regulatory bodies turn to us for certification of programs and authorization of new programs. And the information that institutions send us primarily concerns quota, registration, admission, or accreditation of new courses.
Through the Central Admission Processing System (CAPS), Mr. Oloyede continued, the country’s tertiary institutions were able to improve communication with over 2 million students. As a result, regulatory organizations and tertiary institutions could use the CAPS to handle admission and accreditation issues.
“With this platform, if the NUC accepts the admission quota, it will be centrally located so that once it is accepted, everyone will be able to see it without having to contact JAMB.
“Registrars of institutions previously had no voice, and they have been moaning that they want to know what they are doing. A platform has now been built for them; they may not be able to make changes, but they will see everything,” he stated.
The JAMB director remarked that the platform would increase the effectiveness of all board functions.
Also addressing, Abubakar Rasheed, Executive Secretary of the National Universities Commission (NUC), stated that over the previous six years, JAMB has developed solid links with the nation’s regulatory bodies and institutions of higher learning.
Mr. Rasheed expressed confidence that the friendly partnership would continue to produce several benefits for both parties, including the construction of the platforms.
He applauded the JAMB board for establishing CAPS and IBASS, noting that this would increase JAMB’s efficiency and facilitate smooth operations.
He went on to say that the country’s admissions procedure had been revolutionized by the introduction of IBASS, and he urged all institutions to fully utilize the development.
The adoption of IBASS and CAPS, according to Idris Bugaje, Executive Secretary of the National Board for Technical Education (NBTE), is the best course of action because the country has to digitize all of its communications.
The board would soon start digitizing all of its operations, including accreditation in all polytechnics nationally, Mr. Bugaje said, lamenting the failure of some polytechnic rectors to embrace digitalization.
Paulinus Okwelle, the Executive Secretary of the National Commission for Colleges of Education (NCCE), added that the platform would streamline the admissions process.
Mr. Okwelle praised the JAMB registrar for the several steps taken to speed up the admissions process and increase efficiency, and he added that IBASS would fix problems and do the same.