TERTIARY institutions could also be prevailed upon to delay the screening of admission seekers for the 2020/2021 session, it had been learnt on Sunday.
The Joint Admissions and Matriculation Board (JAMB) and heads of all tertiary institutions are billed for a gathering today to debate the likelihood of shifting the commencement of admission processes to a replacement date.
It was learnt that a date could also be picked in September for the kick-off of admission processes for 2020/2021 school term .
On the table for discussion is that the possibility of institutions either delaying or prolonging their screening exercises to accommodate candidates who are going to be taking the 2020 O’ level examinations conducted by the West African Examinations Council (WAEC), National Examination Council and National Business and Technical Examination Board (NABTEB) would be placed on the table during the meeting.
In June, during its policy meeting at its Headquarters in Bwari, Abuja, the board had announced that this year’s admission would commence on August 22.
The closure of faculties as a results of the outbreak of the Coronavirus pandemic affects the about 1, 352, 988 candidates who scored 120 and above during this year’s Unified Tertiary Matriculation Examination (UTME).
Most of them are candidates with awaiting results. an equivalent applies to 930, 305 candidates that scored 160 and above.
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Following Federal Government’s decision to reopen schools for pupils in Senior Secondary School (SSS3) to participate within the 2020 West African Senior School Certificate Examination (WASSCE) scheduled to start on August 17, the board convened a gathering to debate the likelihood asking institutions to either delay or prolong their admission processes to permit pupils with awaiting results upload the specified O’ level.
JAMB, in its weekly bulletin released by its Head of data and Media Dr. Fabian Benjamin, said: “As a responsible organisation whose mantra is equity and fairness, the board desires that each aspiring candidate who had its UTME tend civil right to compete with his/her peers for the available openings.
“This is that the reason for its involve another meeting with all the institutions with a view to amending the sooner mutually agreed date for the conduct of Post-UTME screening and other processes.
“As intellectuals, it’s obligatory the board and therefore the various tertiary institutions to always provide practical solutions to perceived challenges for the graceful running of the world without being prompted by the govt .
“Such solutions, when received , would then be forwarded to the relevant ministries, agencies for further inputs and necessary approvals.
“It is in sight of this that the board is functioning to pre-empt any unpalatable situation which will arise if institution conduct their admissions without accommodating the vast number of candidates that are close to take their O’ level examinations.
“Consequently, the board would at the meeting, be watching the likelihood of ensuring that the varied institutions either delay or prolong their screening exercises to accommodate candidates who are going to be taking the 2020 O’ level examinations conducted by the WAEC and NABTEB.”