How the Use of CAPS Works Between JAMB and the Schools on Admissions
Since the introduction of CAPS (Central Admission Processing System) by JAMB, there has been amongst candidates and others the wrong understanding of how the schools and JAMB work on offering admission. Some people even think it is JAMB that offers admission now not the schools, and that is a capital NO! The job of offering admission remains and will always remain the schools’! As that is one of the primary functions of the administrative head of the schools (i.e, the Vice Chancellors) which the selected staffs of the schools will have to carry out on their behalf. But then, as the reason why CAPS was introduced is to centralize admission processing to: monitor the fairness and meritocracy in the processes of admission; make sure any one candidate does not get an admission they do not qualify for or not get multiple admissions while some are hanging to get any, it becomes necessary that JAMB has a part to take in the processes of offering admission too. But let’s not get this wrong, that does not mean JAMB offers admission, the function of JAMB as a matriculation board does not extend to the offering of admission even though it covers the conduction of the matriculation exams and monitoring the originality of admissions and the fairness in them.
Though JAMB knows the admission quota of every accredited school as provided by NUC, but only the schools can decide whether they want to admit up to the quota or below it, which also puts JAMB in the wrong position to be the body to offer admission. How it therefore works is that the schools compile their admission lists and uploads to CAPS, and JAMB after screening that you qualify for the admission approves the admission. When your school has uploaded your name is when your CAPS says “ADMISSION IN PROGRESS”, but when JAMB approves it is when it says “ADMITTED”. However, the names can still be uploaded to CAPS by the schools in batches, that is why all candidates don’t get the same updates on their CAPS at the same time.
In other news, if you are an applicant of OAU and your CAPS has been saying “ADMISSSION IN PROGRESS” for a while now, you can check the new update now; “CONGRATULATIONS YOU HAVE BEEN ADMITTED”. Note that this is only the First BATCH, the Second Batch—which will include the names of the DE applicants and all slot candidates—will be out soon too. I wish you the best of luck as you wait.