Institutions To Begin 1st And 2nd Choice Admission Exercise August 21


Vanguard reports that the Joint Admissions and Matriculation Board,JAMB,has drawn guidelines to the heads of the nation’s higher institutions on the 2020 admission.

This came as it directed institutions to begin admissions for candidates for first and second choices on August 21,2020.

“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 the institutions,” it said, adding: “The uncertainties of the Covid-19 make it impossible to fix a terminal date.”

In the guidelines dated July 9,2020 to the vice chancellors, rectors and provosts of universities, polytechnics and colleges of education, respectively, JAMB,warned against flouting decisions of its 2020 policy meeting, held on Tuesday, June 16,2020,insisting that all admissions must be carried out in honest and transparent manners.

The board,in the guidelines signed and released by its Registrar, Prof. Ishaq Oloyede,explained that “the guidelines for 2020 Admission Exercise, which are expected to guide all the participants in admission process.”

“The guidelines explain the nitty-gritty of the processes of admission of candidates into the Nigerian Tertiary Institutions.

“All heads of institutions and admission officers are advised to carefully study and understand the content of the document with a view to implementing it fully for a seamless and transparent admission exercise,” it said.

“The decisions as well as the policy directives as contained in the address of the Honourable Minister of Education at the Policy Meeting shall serve as the guidelines for the 2020 Admissions Exercise.

“All Heads of Tertiary Institutions are to ensure total compliance with the guidelines.

” Sanctions shall be applied to institutions that violate the decisions,” it warned.

JAMB which insisted that:”The Admission-Exercise for the 2020/2021 Academic Session would be conducted on Central Admission Processing System (CAPS)”,tasked the three higher institutions’ regulatory bodies-The National Universities Commission, NUC;the National Board for Technical Education, NBTE and the National Commission for Colleges of Education, NCCE to collaborate with it to ensure full compliance” of the guidelines.

The board said it has stopped illegal or irregular admission in any form,saying all admissions must pass through it.

It said: ”All applications for admissions to First Degree, National Diploma, National Innovation Diploma and the Nigeria Certificate in Education into Full Time, Distance Learning, Part Time, Outreach, Sandwich, etc, must be processed ONLY through the Joint Admissions and Matriculation Board (JAMB).

“Institutions which are still involved in advertising or selling application forms for admissions into the programmes should stop henceforth.

“Institutions should advise candidates to apply to them through Joint Admissions and Matriculation Board (JAMB). Duplication of application forms is NOT allowed.

“Joint Admissions and Matriculation Board (JAMB) and the three Regulatory Agencies (National Universities Commission (NUC), National Board for Technical Education (NBTE) and National Commission for Colleges of Education (NCCE)) will ensure that all Tertiary Institutions comply with this policy directive.”

“The duration of all Non-Full Time Studies must be maintained as approved by the Regulatory Agencies. This is generally not less than one hundred and fifty percent (150%) of the equivalence of Full Time.”

On advertorials, JAMB said:”Institutions that desire to place advertisement can do so by advising candidates who applied for the current UTME to change to their institution as First (1st) Choice rather than requesting the candidates to purchase another application form or apply”,adding:” This is to prevent the issue of double registration which is a violation of the JAMB mandate.”


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