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School reopening: JAMB meets heads of tertiary institutions on new admission date

THE Joint Admissions and Matriculation Board(JAMB) is considering a new date for the commencement of the 2020 admissions processes from the earlier announced date of 22nd August 2020.

The Board would accordingly meet all the tertiary institutions on Monday, 10th August 2020, to brainstorm on the possibility of shifting the commencement of admissions to a date that would better accommodate the vagaries of the COVID-19 pandemic.

JAMB made this known in its Weekly Bulletin made available to newsmen in Abuja on Sunday night.

The Board said as a responsive organisation whose mantra is equity and fairness, it desires that every aspiring candidate who had taken its Unified Tertiary Matriculation Examination (UTME) be given equal opportunity to compete with his/her peers for the available openings.

The Board this was 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.

“As intellectuals, 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. Such solutions, when arrived at, would then be forwarded to the relevant Ministries or Agencies for further inputs and necessary approvals.

“It is in view of this that the Board is working to pre-empt any unpalatable situation that may arise if institutions conduct their admissions without accommodating the vast number of candidates that are about to take their O’level examinations.

“Consequently, the Board would, at the meeting, be looking at the possibility of ensuring that the various institutions either delay or prolong their screening exercises to accommodate candidates who will be taking the 2020 O’level Examinations to be conducted by WAEC, NECO, NABTEB, etc.

“The public will recall that owing to the lockdown occasioned by COVID-19 pandemic, candidates who had sat the Board’s UTME under the Awaiting Results stipulation were unable to take the Senior School Certificate Examinations conducted by the  West Africa Examination Council (WAEC), National Examinations Council (NECO), National Business and  Technical Examination Board (NABTEB) etc., as scheduled.

“It would also be recalled that owing to the further relaxation of the COVID-19-inspired restrictions by the Federal Government, the West African Examination Council has fixed the commencement of its examinations from 17th August 2020, and end them on 12th September 2020; National Business and Technical Education Board would conduct its series of examinations from 21st September 2020, to 15th October 2020, while the National Examinations Council would commence its own examination from 5th October and end same on 17th November 2020,” JAMB stated.

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