Background of JUPEB
The Joint Universities Preliminary Examinations Board (JUPEB) is a new Advanced Level examination body located in the Southern Nigeria. JUPEB programmes is another reliable means of gaining admission into the university just like the Joint University and Matriculations Board (JAMB), however, the former offers the candidate the opportunity to gain direct entry admission to second year for any course of choice provided the candidate scored up to the cut-off for the course. It originated as a result of coming together of ten(10) universities with the aim of creating an alternative means of tertiary admission for people without JAMB. The universities were University of Lagos, University of Nigeria, Nsukka, University of Ilorin, Obafemi Awolowo University, University of Benin, University of Portharcourt, Federal University of Technology, Owerri, Federal University of Technology, Akure, University of Uyo and Federal University of Agriculture, Abeokuta.
The programme came into existence in April 2014 after it got the approval to commence operation from the Federal Government of Nigeria in December, 2013. This was after the suspension of Diploma programmes in the universities by the National Universities Commission (NUC), the need for redesigning of another programme gave birth to JUPEB programme. JUPEB has the backing of both the NUC and JAMB to conduct A level examinations. The JUPEB programme is similar to the Interim Joint Matriculation Board (IJMB) coordinated by Ahmadu Bello University for many universities in the Northern Nigeria. The JUPEB programme is open to all interested students nationwide to study any course they want be it Science, Art, Management Sciences and Social Science.Before candidates can use JUPEB to gain admission, the student needs to combine it with JAMB Direct Entry (DE). The JUPEB has about eight-one (81) affiliate universities. These affiliate universities train candidates on the syllabus of JUPEB in subjects relevant to the course the candidates intends to study and presents them for national examination which carries 70 marks. The remaining 30 marks is from the mock exam conducted by various universities and the result forwarded to the national JUPEB for necessary action