THE Joint Admissions and Matriculation Board (JAMB) has shelved the earlier announced date of August 22 and is considering a new date for the start of the 2020 admission processes.
In a notice on Sunday, the Board said it will be meeting tertiary institutions on Monday, August 10 to brainstorm on the possibility of shifting the start of admissions to a date that would accommodate the challenges of the COVID-19 pandemic.
According to the notice: “As a responsive organisation whose mantra is equity and fairness, the Board desires that every aspiring candidate who had taken the UTME be given equal opportunity to compete with their peers for the available openings.
”This is the reason for its call for another meeting with all the institutions with a view to amending the earlier and mutually-agreed date for the conduct of Post-UTME screening and other processes.
“It is incumbent on the Board and the various tertiary institutions to always provide practical solutions to perceived challenges for the smooth running of the sector without being prompted by the government.”
It further said that the Board will pre-empt any unpalatable situation if institutions conduct their admissions without accommodating the vast number of candidates that are about to take their ‘O’ Level examinations.
JAMB added that the meeting would be looking at the possibility of ensuring that the various institutions either delay or prolong their screening to accommodate candidates who would be taking the 2020 ‘O’ Level examinations to be conducted by West African Examinations Council (WAEC), National Examinations Council (NECO), National Business and Technical Education Board (NABTEB), and others.
It will be recalled that due to the COVID-19 pandemic, candidates who had sat for UTME under the Awaiting Results stipulation, were unable to take the Senior School Certificate Examinations (SSCE) conducted by WAEC, NECO, NABTEB, as scheduled.
But with the easing of the lockdown restrictions, the WAEC has fixed the commencement of its examinations from August 17 till September 12.
NABTEB would conduct its series of examinations from September 21 to October 15, while the NECO would hold its examination from October 5 to November 17.