Joint Admissions and Matriculation Board (JAMB) Warns Tertiary Institutions Against Changing Candidates’ Courses

The number one examination body in the country The Joint Admissions and Matriculation Board (JAMB) has issued out a strict warning to be adhered to by tertiary institutions as regards to changing candidates’ courses.


This disclosure were made known by the examination body on Monday being the 13th day of this very month of which it issued a directive that candidates can only be transferred from one programme to another at any tertiary institution with their approval.

This particular message were put across by Prof Is-haq Oloyede who happens to be the Registrar of the Joint Admissions and Matriculation Board, of which he instructed tertiary institutions across the country to act in accordance with the Board’s regulation, which prohibits candidates’ preferences for specific programmes or courses from being tempered unless the candidate expresses otherwise.

“The Registrar’s comments were to clarify the request by some universities that JAMB enable them to transfer candidates from one programme to another within the institution’s CAPS at no additional cost to the students,”


“It was also to highlight that transferring candidates from one programme to another is difficult and that not all candidates transferred through the Change of Program platform will appear on CAPS.”


“The Registrar explained how the Central Admissions Processing System works, saying that the transfer procedure is automated on CAPS and can only be completed with the candidate’s approval or acceptance”

“This, he claims, prevents the unjustified removal of qualified candidates from a course in order to make room for unqualified candidates.”


“Proposed candidates for transfer, on the other hand, would not appear on new programmes unless the transfer was approved by the candidates concerned”

“Waiving the requirement of getting the consent or acceptance of the applicants in question would be a
violation of the Board’s existing rules and regulations, as well as a risk of litigation and duplication of

“Taking the COHEADS through the process,” Prof. Oloyede explained, there would be a Transfer Alert to the candidate to either ACCEPT or REJECT the movement before a candidate could be moved or transferred to another programme.”

“If a candidate presses YES, the candidate will be transferred to the new programme and will be required to be admitted.”

“Furthermore, the candidate would be contacted to change his or her programme at the time of acceptance in order to print his or her Letter of Admission”

“However, if the candidate pushes NO or remains silent, the candidate is locked into the programme he or she has chosen and cannot be transferred” he noted