The Joint Admissions and Matriculation Board (JAMB) on Monday gave heads of tertiary institutions the green light to start the 2020/2021 post-Unified Tertiary Matriculation Examination (UTME) screening on September 7.
The board explained that the shift within the date of admission was meant to permit pupils sitting for the 2020 Ordinary Level examinations conducted by the West African Examinations Council (WAEC), National Examination Council (NECO) and National Business and Technical Examination (NBTE) obtain the specified qualifications.
JAMB Registrar, Prof Is-haq Oloyede, announced this yesterday after a consultative virtual meeting with vice chancellors, Rectors and Provosts of tertiary institutions.
About 1,352,988 candidates, who scored 120 and above during this year’s UTME, are awaiting results.
Oloyede said: “The view of JAMB is that while we continue consulting at some extent when it becomes necessary for decision, we should always all close and take a choice . Presently, as you’re aware, WAEC starts the Senior School Certificate Examination (SSCE) on August 17, it’ll continue till September 7.
“Similarly, on September 21 or thereabout, NABTEB will begin its examination which will continue till October 15. Immediately then , NECO will start on November 5 and can hold till November 18.
“Rather than making candidates run, particularly once they will need to write their school certificate examinations in several towns and rush to college elsewhere for post-UTME, like somebody rushing from Sokoto to Ibadan for post-UTME, we believe, as a custodian of the very best sector of the education system, we should always avoid that.”
The JAMB Registrar noted that institutions whose post-UTME screening is mandatory for candidates would need to spread such exercise in two phases.
“For those (institutions) that want to require post-UTME, that can’t be before September 7, and it’ll be held twice – September 7 to October 4. And then, it’ll be held for the second time on November 18 to mop up those that are taking their school certificate examinations,” he said.
Oloyede, who hailed the submissions of heads of tertiary institutions during the meeting, said people who conduct admissions without the administration of any post-UTME screening should also make sure that candidates whose SSCE results are going to be released towards the top of the year aren’t denied participation within the admission.
Also, the JAMB Registrar said the board had withheld the results of candidates who sat for this year’s UTME at Correctional Service Centres (prisons) for suspected infractions.
“There are candidates who took exams within the prison yards that we all know aren’t prisoners. So, we wrote to the correctional centres to elucidate how that happened, because we didn’t want non-prisoners to require advantage of the concessions we give to inmates,” he said.