Joint Admissions and Matriculation Board (JAMB), on Monday, announced the automation of curriculum, accreditation, admission processes and general administration matters between the Board, tertiary institutions and their regulatory agencies, through the Interactive e-Brochure and e-Syllabus System (IBASS).
JAMB Registrar, Prof Is-haq Oloyede, disclosed this at a meeting with regulatory agencies and tertiary institutions from the North and Southern at JAMB headquarters, Bwari, on Monday.
Oloyede said from January 1 2023, the Board will not receive any letter from any institution or agency except through IBASS.
He noted that IBASS will ensure seamless communication between JAMB, institutions and their regulatory agencies without the use of letter writing as the practice has been.
Oloyede added that the automation of curriculum, accreditation and general administration matters among JAMB, regulatory agencies and Institutions will provide personalised services to the institutions and agencies as only JAMB and the institution will be able to see any communication on the platform.
According to him, “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 issues.”
The JAMB boss said the Board felt that having been able to augment its communication with over two million students across tertiary institutions in the country through its Central Admission Processing System (CAPS) it can apply the same to admission and accreditation matters related to regulatory agencies and tertiary institutions.
He added, “With this platform, if NUC approves admission quota, it would be centralised in such a way that as soon as you see it 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.”
Oloyede noted that the platform will improve efficiency of all the operations of the board.
Executive Secretary, National Universities Commission, Prof Abubakar Rasheed, said in the last six years, JAMB has built a strong relationship with regulatory agencies and institutions of higher learning in the country.
Rasheed expressed belief that the cordial relationship has yielded many mutual benefits including the setting up of the platform.
He stressed that communication as a tool for organisational efficiency can never be overemphasised, while commending JAMB for setting up CAPS and IBASS as that will improve efficiency and smooth operations of JAMB.
He added that the introduction of IBASS has revolutionised the admission process in the country and urged all institutions to make the best use of the noble innovation.