- Amid fears over the coronavirus pandemic, tertiary institutions have been given a nod by JAMB to begin admissions for the 2020/2021 academic session
- JAMB has directed that higher institutions start conducting the first and second choice admissions from August 21
- The directives were disclosed by JAMB’s spokesman, Fabian Benjamin, in the guidelines for admissions
The Joint Admissions and Matriculation Board (JAMB) has directed that higher institutions begin offering admissions for the 2020/2021 session from Friday, August 21.
JAMB made the disclosure in an announcement by its spokesman, Fabian Benjamin in Abuja, on Sunday, July 19, that was contained in the guidelines for admission, Daily Trust reports.
According to Dr. Fabian, the deadline for the first and second choice admissions would be determined by the federal government and communicated at a later date to heads of tertiary institutions.
JAMB's spokesperson issued a stern warning to schools against duplication of forms. He also added that on no account should institutions sell or advertise application forms for admission into some listed programmes.
The statement read in parts: “The 1st and 2nd choices admission exercise be conducted for all institutions from 21st, August 2020 to a later date that would be determined by the Federal Ministry of Education and communicated to all institutions.”
The exam board also directed institutions to conduct admissions in collaboration with other regular agencies and not to charge more than N2,000 for the post-Unified Tertiary Matriculation Examination (UTME) screening.
Earlier, Legit.ng reported that JAMB set 160 and above as the cut-off mark for admission into universities across the country for the 2020/2021 academic session.
JAMB made the disclosure in an announcement by its registrar, Prof. Ishaq Oloyede, in Abuja on Tuesday, June 16.
Oloyede also announced that polytechnics cut-off marks are pegged at 120 and above while Colleges of Education’s cut-off mark is 100 and above.
The cut-off marks for admission into tertiary institutions were released after the 2020 policy meeting on admissions to tertiary institutions which was held virtually.
However, the board clarified saying there is no particular national minimum UTME score for universities, polytechnics, and colleges of education in the country
This was disclosed by the head of media and information. He said the UTME mark was not the sole determinant for placement of candidates in tertiary institutions.