Sadness and anxiety have often been the fate of many Nigerian students seeking admission into the university over the years as JAMB frequently jambs them, thereby, making the efforts of many applicants insignificant.
This doesn’t come as a surprise as the rate of students seeking admission into the tertiary institution in Nigeria is on the high side. This makes jamb a hot cake as scaling through jamb is by the survival of the fittest.
JAMB A Gateway to Nigerian Tertiary Institutions
Jamb is an examination body in Nigeria popularly known for organizing entry examinations for qualified students into their choicest university.
The qualification required of a candidate to sit for the examination is to possess relevant credits in either West Africa School Certificate (WAEC) or the National Examination Council (NECO).
Even after crossing the hurdle of all these, some students still don’t manage to make it in qualifying for POST-UTME Examination organized by the universities.
This is really heartbreaking as it leaves the hopes of many prospective students gaining admission shattered, and hanging in the air, with many having to join the queue of admission seekers the next year.
The effect of this is the ever-increasing population of admission seekers in the country which is one of many major causes why admission in Nigeria gets tougher every year.
However, the table seems to have turned for many admission seekers as a great number of universities have been accredited by the government, thereby giving alternatives to prospective admission seekers to choose.
With this new development in the educational sector, many Nigerian students have walked their way into Nigerian institutions, but even at this a lot of Nigerian students still don’t make it through early.
But why wait every year, and go through the stress of having to write JAMB or post-UTME examinations when they are other unbeatable options?
This post will, therefore, inform you about how to gain admission into the Nigerian university without having to overcome the hurdle of writing JAMB or post UTME.
Enlisted below are the easiest known options by which you can be admitted into the university without the stress of writing Jamb:
1. National Open University of Nigeria
Established in 2001 by former President Olusegun Obasanjo and popularly referred to as NOUN, National Open University is the first federal open and distance learning institution in Nigeria.
As the name suggests the university is open to the public for anyone interested in getting a degree without having to take JAMB or post-UTME. The university academic calendar is very favorable for anyone who wants to work and school at the same time.
There is also no age barrier as all and sundry will be welcomed as long as you have relevant qualifications; a 5 credit passes in WAEC, or in its counterpart, NECO.
Application into the university is usually via an online portal, in which after payment for the application form, it will be required of you to fill in necessary details in relation to your preferred course.
This would include details of your O ’level results and as well as other details. Once these requirements are met, admission will be offered to you within three days without having to overcome the hurdle or both JAMB or post-UTME.
In addition, NOUN has recently been approved by the government to participate in NYSC. This is a welcome development as before now NOUN was sidelined from participating in NYSC.
The university also has wide coverage in major cities in Nigeria for easy access anywhere you might be, without the strike stigma attached to many government universities.
NOUN also runs programs like diploma, certification, postgraduate programs, and is certainly a great choice if you are looking forward to not writing IJMB.
2. Interim Joint Matriculation Examination Board (IJMB)
Here is another great alternative to help you secure admission into the university without having to write jamb. The program runs for the duration of a year, during which students will be made to receive lectures and then write a qualification examination.
Results obtained can be used to apply to virtually almost any university in Nigeria, with an admission guarantee to 200level.
IJMB is widely accepted by all Northern and private universities. It is also accepted by some universities in the eastern and western part of the country.
To however secure admission into the programme, it is required of the student to possess 5 o’ level credit passes in relation to their preferred course.
IJMB centres can be found in almost all states in the country with provision for students’ accommodation. It is, however, advisable to make right investigations and register with an approved NUC recognized centre to avoid casualties.
3. Joint University Preliminary Examination Board (JUPEB)
JUPEB is quite very similar to the IJMB program and has been a source of joy to many Nigerian students over the years. The major difference between them is that unlike IJMB which has some restrictions for acceptance into some university, JUPEB is accepted by all universities in Nigeria.
JUPEB is a highly recognized examination body saddled with the task of ensuring that students who seek admission through a direct entry into the university are admitted.
The program runs for an academic period of 12-18 months, after which successful students will be allowed to continue their academic journey in their preferred university via direct entry.
4. Cambridge “A” Level Program
Another way of gaining admission into the university without having to write jamb is the Cambridge ‘A’ level program. This program is certified by the Nigeria University Commission and is accepted in more than 70% of Nigerian federal universities, state, private institutions without limitations of acceptance to universities outside the country shores.
It is required of all students undergoing the program to receive lectures in participating schools for the duration of about 12-18 months.
Examinations will be written after intense lectures, and qualified students will then apply to their preferred university through direct entry program for a fresh start from 200 level.
Diploma/ pre-degree programs, special certificate programs, and part-time programs are also alternatives to JAMB. With this tremendous list of alternatives to JAMB enlisted above, you are therefore left with the choice of making that smart move today!
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