JAMB Sets June 15, 2021 Deadline For 2020 Admissions

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BY TEMI OHAKWE, ABUJA – The Joint Admissions and Matriculation Board (JAMB), has directed that all admissions into the nation’s tertiary institutions for the 2020/2021 academic session must come to a close by June 15, 2021.

Registrar of JAMB, Prof. Ishaq Oloyede, who announced this, said that the decision was collectively taken at a virtual meeting that held on February 24, 2021 between the Board and heads of tertiary institutions in the country.

Prof Oloyede Oloyede said that the agreed deadlines remained sacrosanct and binding on all institutions, stressing that the Board would not tolerate any breaches of the collective decision reached at the meeting.

He said the meeting with the institutions was aimed at knowing the level of progress on the 2020/21 admissions scale.

According to him; “The essence of the interactive meeting was to forestall an endless admission regime generated by the series of disruptions to daily life occasioned by the COVID-19 pandemic.

The JAMB Registrar said the meeting enabled the Board to put necessary machinery in place for the 2021/2022 UTME/DE Registration Exercise.

Oloyede had earlier informed the scholars that only 30 percent of institutions had started admissions into the 2020/2021 academic session, adding that there was the need to collectively decide when to close the 2020/2021 admission exercise.

He added that the proposal remains that public Universities should end admissions four weeks ahead of private Universities, Polytechnics, Colleges of Education and IEIs.

After a robust and insightful deliberation, members collectively agreed that all public universities are expected to finish their admissions on or before May, 15, 2021 while private universities and all IEIs, polytechnics and COEs would complete theirs at the agreed date of June 15, 2021.

He added that the Board would announce in a week’s time the commencement date for the sale of application documents for the 2021/2022 Academic Session.

Meanwhile, the Board has urged all institutions to adhere strictly to all advisories issued to them on inter/intra-university transfers, foreign inter-university transfers and fresh foreign candidates, change of programmes and institutions and other essential processes related to admission in order to avoid unnecessary bickerings that could endanger the future of innocent candidates and their subsequent mobilization for the National Youth Service Corps (NYSC).

He added that the advisories and procedures were to serve as guides for them on how to handle the various issues as they arose.

The Registrar also said that transfer of candidates within institutions locally or internationally is an acceptable process as approved by the Senate or Council of the respective institutions adding that due process must be followed.

He pointed out that the Board, as a responsible organisation and gate keeper, would not allow the process to be circumvented to allow unqualified candidates to gain access to the nation’s institutions.

Oloyede said; “JAMB would not be a party to any improper transfer or breach of set guidelines. Adequate measures or checks must be done to verify if such candidates meet minimum requirements or possess the prerequisite qualifications to be in the institution in the first instance.”

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