To most Nigerians today, going to school is a huge scam but it is still a must one learns or gets educated if possible within the walls of a school. The first two stages of schooling, the primary and secondary stages are easy but the tertiary stage which is the third stage has always posed a challenge to some especially with the scam called JAMB.
The Joint Admissions and Matriculations Board (JAMB) recently released her UTME results and this has caused a lot of reactions as some passed; some had their results withheld while some unimaginably failed. A few of the negative reactions such as that of Segun who tried to kill himself is probably due to the fact that most people erroneously believe there is no alternative to gaining university admissions except via JAMB. Well, there are three viable alternatives. They may be a little expensive depending on the chosen option and study centre but the point is there are other options outside JAMB’s Unified Tertiary Matriculations Examinations (UTME).
With JAMBs aim of making more money (via JAMB form fee, result checking fee, etc,) without improving on certain systems, students should definitely explore other options. The first is the Remedial or Pre-degree Programme. After writing UTME exams in my SS 2 and scoring a humiliating 141, I decided to opt for the remedial option at the University of Ilorin and it paid off. The programme usually when runs for a couple of months (two semesters), exams will be written and 100 level admissions given. A lot of other schools apart from Unilorin offer remedial programmes so if you failed the UTME, make Google your friend and search for schools that offer affordable remedial programmes.
The second option is the Advanced Level (A’ level) programme, IJMBE which stands for Interim Joint Matriculation Board Examination. It is an exam which can be written after eight months of studying at your preferred study centre. The beautiful thing about IJMBE is that once you pass, you begin at 200 level. It simply means that if you failed JAMB’s UTME and decide to go through IJMBE, you can still meet up with your friends who passed UTME in 200 level.
Similar to IJMBE is the third option, JUPEB which stands for Joint University Preliminary Examinations Board. This programme also runs for a couple of months and gets you into 200 level. Both the IJMBE and JUPEB A’ level programmes are approved by the Federal Government and other necessary bodies. The difference between the two A’ level programmes lies in the number of years of existence and moderating bodies. University of Lagos moderates the JUPEB program which has been around since 2013 while IJMB was established in 1976 and moderated by Ahmadu Bello University (ABU).
There are numerous study centres for these programmes nationwide and their fee can be as low as N180,000 or as high as N500,000 depending on the chosen study centre. To make things easy for parents/guardians, some study centres allow payments in instalment.
Note: be smart, do not engage in any online transactions. Take your time to visit the study centre and be sure you are fine with it before making payments. So, if you failed the last UTME, all hope is not lost. You can apply for any of these programmes.