JAMB Message “First Choice Course did not Receive Accreditation”

I was delivering my lecture at a valedictory service when I received the SMS below.

JAMB: Your first choice course did not receive accreditation. Login to your profile and change course/institution

One of my candidates sent this to me. He received the message from JAMB.

He wanted to know what actually happened. He wanted to know what the message meant and what the next course of action should be.

Since then, I’d received more than a dozen of the message.

I dedicate this post to explain what the SMS means and what you should do with immediate effect.

National Universities Commission (NUC) or National Board for Technical Education (NBTE) dis-accredited Some Courses at Your Proposed Schools

If you’d received this SMS, it means the course you’re proposing has been dis-accredited by the regulating bodies. As a result, until the problem is resolved between the bodies and school management, the course is suspended and can’t accept new intakes.

In case you don’t know, NUC is the regulating body in charge of degree-awarding institutions while NBTE is in charge of polytechnics, Monotechnics, Innovation Enterprise Institutions, and colleges.

For instance, for Obafemi Awolowo University, Ile Ife applicants for LAW, Botany, Medical Rehabilitation, and Dentistry had been texted by JAMB. AAUA aspirants suffered the same setback in courses like Biochemistry. Federal Polytechnic Ede’s Food Technology too. A few other institutions are affected as well. 

However, if you hear any rumors that your school is affected but JAMB has not sent you this SMS, I advise you NOT TO CHANGE YOUR COURSE. 

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2020/2021 UPDATE

But is it true that these courses are dis-accredited? Don’t think like that bro. What this really means is that those schools have some conditions yet to be met as required of them by the regulating bodies such as JAMB, NUC, and NBTE.

Admitting new students continues or resumes as soon as those conditions are met. What we can’t say is how long it will take the schools to do that.

NUC or NBTE has sent a warning to JAMB to inform their applicants of such development 

In order to protect you and to make sure that you don’t lose admission this year, that’s why JAMB sent you the message so that you could change to any other course of interest or to a school not affected.

What to do immediately?

You have two ways forward. You can:

  1. Change your course to a new one under the same institution or
  2. Change the school entirely to one whose courses are not dis-accredited

Can’t I just leave it that way and Wait for the course to be accredited?

A woman was in my office just about the same issue. She was smart to think that, her child could just continue with the post UTME of such school. After accreditation, she could just continue with the course.

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That’s thoughtful, but here is the real picture.

If your course is not accredited or dis-accredited as said in the SMS, it means JAMB will not forward the list of applicants who chose the course to the affected schools.

Hence, you may not even be able to register for their post UTME or take part in the post UTME screening exercise.

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