The Registrar of the Joint Admissions and Matriculation Board (JAMB) has announced a significant policy change regarding the selection of courses for students with disabilities during the admission process to tertiary institutions.
Parents will no longer have the authority to determine the courses their children with disabilities pursue in higher education.
This decision was prompted by comments made by Stanley Onyebuchi, the National President of the National Association of Visually Impaired individuals, during the First Conference of JAMB Equal Opportunity Group (JEOG) held in Abuja.
Parents lose authority over course selection
The conference’s primary focus was to enhance equal access to higher education in Nigeria and included the unveiling of the Strategic Roadmap for Inclusive Access to Quality Higher Education in Nigeria for the years 2024-2028.
A JAMB representative explained, “There is the case of a student who wanted to study law, but her stepfather insisted that she enroll in Kaduna State University instead of pursuing her interest in law, as the university did not offer that specific course.”
Henceforth, in line with regular admission procedures, parents will no longer have the authority to influence the admission choices of candidates with disabilities.
Professor Is-haq Oloyede, the Registrar of JAMB, emphasized in his opening remarks that the board is committed to not only facilitating access to education but also ensuring equity.
To promote the inclusion of Persons with Disabilities (PWDs) in tertiary education, JAMB has implemented special arrangements.