The Registrar of JAMB, Professor Oloyede, has announced the implementation of an automated communication system for institutions and agencies.

 Through its Interactive e-Brochure and e-Syllabus System, or IBASS, the Joint Admissions and Matriculation Board (JAMB) has announced that it will automate curriculum, accreditation admission, and general administration matters between the board, tertiary institutions, and their regulatory agencies. These matters include general administration of the curriculum, admission, and accreditation.

Prof. Ishaq Oloyede, the Registrar of JAMB, made this announcement on Monday during a meeting with regulatory agencies and tertiary institutions from the Northern and Southern regions at the JAMB headquarters in Bwari, Federal Capital Territory Abuja.

Oloyede stated that beginning on the first of January in 2023, the board will only accept letters from organizations or institutions if they were sent through IBASS.

He made the point that IBASS will ensure smooth communication between JAMB, institutions, and their regulatory agencies without resorting to letter writing as has been the custom in the past.

He went on to say 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 that takes place on the platform. He said that this will take place between JAMB, the regulatory agencies, and the institutions.

"We came to the conclusion that the majority of our time is spent attending to letters addressed to us by some of the board's most important stakeholders, and the most important stakeholders are, in essence, regulatory bodies such as the NUC, NBTE, and NCCE. In addition to these many stakeholders, we get contributions from 890 institutions located all over the country.

"In essence, the regulatory bodies come to us seeking approval of new programs as well as certification of existing programs. "And what we receive from colleges is essentially about admission and registration or accreditation of new courses or quota issue," he said. "And what we receive from institutions is essentially about admission and registration."

According to the head of JAMB, the board believes that because it has been able to improve its communication with more than two million students across all tertiary institutions in the country using its Central Admission Processing System, CAPS, it is now able to apply the same approach to admission and accreditation matters relating to regulatory agencies and tertiary institutions.

In his remarks, Prof. Abubakar Rasheed, Executive Secretary of the National Universities Commission (NUC), stated that over the course of the past six years, the Joint Admissions and Matriculation Board (JAMB) has developed strong relationships with regulatory agencies and institutions of higher learning across the country.

Prof. Idris Muhammad Bugaje, the Executive Secretary of the National Board for Technical Education (NBTE), stated that the introduction of IBASS and CAPS was the way to go as the nation requires digitisation of all of its communication. This was said by Prof. Idris Muhammad Bugaje on behalf of the NBTE.

Prof. Paulinus Chijioke Okwelle, the Executive Secretary of the National Commission for Colleges of Education, NCCE, stated that the platform would make the admissions process run more smoothly.

Okwelle praised the many measures taken by the JAMB registrar to cut down on delay and increase efficiency. He went on to say that IBASS will address issues and improve efficiency in the admissions process.

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