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By Noah Aderoju

The Joint Admission and Matriculation Board have set Thursday, 21 July 2022 as the day for its Policy Meeting for the 2022/23 tertiary institutions admission process.The board made this announcement in her latest Jambulletin, the weekly publication of the office of the registrar, released on Monday, July 18.The Policy Meeting’s discussion will revolve around the just-concluded 2022Unified Tertiary Matriculation Examination (UTME), Direct Entry Applications, in addition to setting the tone for the 2022/2023 Admission exercise.According to the board, the “Policy Meeting is expected to chart policy directions for the nation’s tertiary institutions, set admission guidelines and present application statistics, candidates’ performance as well as evaluate the 2021 Admission exercise.”The Policy meeting is planned to hold on the same day as the third edition of the National Tertiary Admissions’ Performance-Merit Awards (NATAP-M)NATAP-M Awards which maiden edition was held in 2018, is an initiative of the board to promote excellence in tertiary institutions, rewarding tertiary institutions for exceptional feats in their admission process.The 2022 NATAP-M Award is meant for the 2020 Admission Session, which could not be in 2021 as most institutions were unable to conduct their admissions within the specified time frame owing to COVID-19 constraints.The awards are in five categories: “The Most Subscribed Institutions by Candidates”; “The Most National Institution in terms of Admission Spread”; and “The Most Compliant in Keeping the Rules and Regulations on Admissions”.Others are: “The Institution with the Highest Number of Admission of International Students”; and “The Most Improved Institution in Gender Balance over Previous Year”.For this edition, Jamb said it had obtained relevant approvals to increase by 150% the value of its previous Awards for maximum impact.Based on the newly-approved rates, the winner of each of the five categories would take home the sum of N75m while the first runner-up for each of the categories would take N15m, the second runner-up would take N10m, making a total of N100m per category of the award.

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