JAMB considers new date for 2020 admissions
The Joint Admissions and Matriculation Board on Sunday said it is considering a new date for the commencement of the processes for the 2020 admissions


Already, JAMB has scheduled a meeting with all the tertiary institutions in Nigeria on Monday, 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.

On July 19, JAMB issued a guideline directing all institutions to begin the conduct of the first and second choice admission exercise with effect from August 21 to yet-to-be-announced date.

But the spokesperson for JAMB, Dr Fabian Benjamin, in its weekly bulletin released to journalists in Abuja on Sunday said, “This is 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.”