JAMB directs tertiary institutions to postpone post-UTME screening till September 7

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The Joint Admissions and Matriculation Board (JAMB), has in universities, polytechnics and colleges of education in the country to postpone the post-Unified Tertiary Matriculation Examination (post-UTME) screening for the 2020 admission processes till September 7.

The exercise was initially fixed for August 21 but the JAMB registrar, Prof Ishaq Oloyede announced after a virtual consultative meeting with vice chancellors, rectors, and provosts of tertiary institutions that the new date was agreed upon to accommodate candidates who would be taking part in this year’s Senior Secondary School Certificate Examination (SSSCE).

“The view of JAMB is that while we go on consulting at a point when it becomes necessary for a decision, we should all come together and make decisions.

“Presently as you are aware, WAEC starts the Senior School Certificate Examination on August 17; it will go on till Sept. 7.

“Similarly, on September 2 or thereabout, NABTEB will commence its own examination that will go on till Oct. 15, and immediately after that, NECO starts from the 5th to Nov.18.

“Rather than making candidates run, particularly, when they will have to write their school certificate exam in different towns and rush to universities elsewhere for post-UTME, like somebody rushing from Sokoto to Ibadan for post-UTME, we believe as a custodian of the highest sector of the education system, we should avoid that,” Oloyede said.

He added that institutions which post-UTME screening was mandatory for candidates would have to spread such exercise in two phases.

“For those institutions who want to take post-UTME, that cannot be earlier than the 7th of September and it will be held twice – from 7th September to 4th of October, and then it will be held for the second time on the 18th of November to mop up those who are taking their school certificate examination,” he said.

Oloyede, who commended the various submissions of heads of tertiary institutions during the meeting, said institutions that conducted admissions without the administration of any-post UTME screening, should also ensure candidates whose SSCE results would be released toward the end of the year were not denied participation in the admission exercise.

He said the board had withheld results of candidates that sat for the 2020 UTME at correctional service centres (prisons) over suspected infractions.

“There are candidates who took exams in the correctional centres that we know are not prisoners, so we wrote to the correctional centres to explain how that happens, because we did not want non-prisoners to take advantage of the concessions we give to inmates,” Oloyede said.

With NAN report

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