Interim Joint Matriculation Board, IJMB, is a one year academic programme divided in two semesters. It is a program moderated by Ahmadu Bello University (ABU), Zaria, for Students seeking admission into the University as from 200level without Jamb.
Every year, hundreds of thousands of students have to endure the frustration of missing out on university admission, due to failures or low performance at the yearly Unified Tertiary Matriculation Examination (UTME) organized by the Joint Admission and Matriculation Board (JAMB).
IJMB, JUPEB, Cambridge A-Level, NAGCE are alternatives for JAMB in Nigeria.
But unfortunately, only a very few parents and students are aware of these great opportunities.
A candidate could pass the UTME with flying colors and still miss out on admission. The latest figures from JAMB indicate that over 1.6 million candidates sat for the UTME. But only 30% are likely to get admission to a university of their choice.
Comparatively, the statistics for the number of candidates who are admitted to Universities through IJMB dwarves the JAMB admission stats.
For instance, of the about 30,000+ IJMB applicants annually:
There is a 93% pass rate
81% successful admission rate to a university
75% of those admitted get to read their first choice course
The gulf between students seeking for admission in Nigerian tertiary institutions and the actual number admitted through the UTME would continue to grow in the coming years.
In other words, unless an alternative is found, many more candidates would keep seeing their dreams of becoming a university student crash.
For many years now, that alternative is IJMB and many students studying in universities today owe their good fortune to the comprehensive guidance they get through IJMB.