JAMB announces polytechnic, university's Post-UTME date

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Ernest Sunday

The Joint Admissions and Matriculation Board (JAMB) has revealed that the 2020 screening for Post-Unified Tertiary Matriculation Examination (Post-UTME) will begin as early as September 7 in universities, polytechnics and college of education in Nigeria.

According to the matriculation board, the reason for the earlier postponement of the examination was to fit in with candidates who are taking part in the 2020 Senior School Certificate Examination (SSCE).

The Registrar of JAMB, Professor Ishaq Oloyede, revealed the date after series of meetings with vice-chancellors, rectors, and provosts of different tertiary education institutions.

“The view of JAMB is that while we go on consulting at a point when it becomes necessary for the decision, we should all come together and make decisions.  Presently as you are aware, WAEC starts the Senior School Certificate Examination on 17 August; it will go on till the 7th of September. 

“Similarly, on the 21 of September or thereabout, NABTEB will commence its examination that will go on till on the 15 of October, and immediately after that, NECO starts on the 5th and will hold till 18 of November.

“Rather than making candidates run, particularly, when they have to write their school certificate exam in different towns and rush to university elsewhere for post-UTME, like somebody rushing from Sokoto to Ibadan t for post-UTME, we believe as a custodian of the highest sector of the education system; we should avoid that,” Oloyede said.

Professor Oloyede said the screening examination would be held twice to meet up with the candidates who will not be able to finish their SCCE examination early.

“For those (institutions) who want to take post-UTME, that cannot be earlier than the 7th of September, and it will be held twice- 7 September to 4 October, and then it will be held for the second time on the  18 November to mop up those who are taking their school certificate examination, " he said.

Some non-prisoners went to correctional centers to take the examination, but the professor said they would be held accountable for such actions.

“There are candidates who took exams in the prison yard that we know are not prisoners, so we wrote to the correctional centers to explain how that happens because we didn’t want non-prisoners to take advantage of the concessions we give to inmates,” Oloyede said.

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