2020 admission begins August 21 - JAMB

JAMB spokesperson, Dr Fabian Benjamin
Emeh Joy

The board in charge of the Unified Tertiary Matriculation Examination (UTME)- the Joint Admissions Matriculation Board (JAMB) has directed all institutions to start the conduction of the first and second choice admission of candidates from August 21.

The board also urged them to direct candidates to apply for programmes through its office while also directing that they desist from selling admission forms into some listed programmes.

JAMB spokesperson, Dr Fabian Benjamin who gave these directives via the 2020 admission guideline released in Abuja, warned that duplication of application forms is prohibited.

It said all admission exercise would be carried out on the Central Admission Processing System. It emphasized that institutions that default with the guidelines would be heavily sanctioned.

The guideline read in part, "All applications for admissions to First Degree, National Diploma, National Innovation Diploma and the Nigeria Certificate in Education into full-time, part-time, outreach, sandwich etc. must be processed only through JAMB.

"Institutions that desire to place advertisement can do so by advising candidates who applied for current Unified Tertiary Matriculation Examination to change their institution as a first choice rather than requesting candidates to purchase another application form or apply.

"This is to prevent the issue of double registration which is a violation of the JAMB mandate".

It added, "The first and second choices admission exercises should be conducted for all institutions from August 21, 2p020, to a later date that would be determined by the Federal Ministry of Education and communicated to all institutions.

"The uncertainties of the COVID-19 makes it impossible to fix a terminal date".

On the issue of upgrading from UTME to the Direct Entry in the 2020 admission session, JAMB said that candidates who took the 2020 UTME but later obtained higher qualifications either A-levels or its equivalent, could apply to convert the UTME to the DE for free.

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