Written by Godfrey AKON

510,957 admission spaces unutilised in 2019- JAMB

About 510,957 admission spaces were left unutilised by Nigeria’s tertiary institutions in 2019, as only 612,557 candidates were offered admission.

Registrar of the Joint Admissions and Matriculation Board, Prof Ishaq Oloyede, disclosed this at the 2020 stakeholders’ policy meeting in Abuja.

Oloyede said only 1,157,977 candidates who sat for the Unified Tertiary Matriculation Examination, UTME, in 2019 had the required five credits with English and mathematics.

Meanwhile, JAMB, at the policy meeting announced 160 and above as cut-off mark for 2020 admissions into universities, while polytechnics and colleges of education were pegged at 120 and 100 respectively.

The board further warned tertiary institutions in the country not to charge more than N2000 for their screening exercise, stating that candidates waiting for their results will only be considered when they are uploaded on its website.

Also speaking, the Minister of Education, Malam Adamu Adamu, who was represented by the Minister of State for Education, Mr Emeka Nwajiuba, directed JAMB and tertiary institutions to proceed with the conduct of 2020/2021 admissions.

Adamu urged JAMB and tertiary institutions to consider candidates with previous years Senior School Certificate Examination and other qualifying results, to proceed with the admission process.

“As major stakeholders, we must jointly come up with reactions that would realign our programmes to these new realities.

"While these reactions are being fine-tuned to check their capacities and capabilities to withstand the new reality, JAMB and tertiary institutions could take advantage of the current situation and consider candidates with previous years Senior School Certificate Examination and other qualifying results, to proceed on with the admission process.

"Whatever arrangement that the country comes up with in the long run, will surely accommodate those who will be taking the examination when the opportunity to do so is worked out," he said.

Based on the guidelines released by JAMB, the admission process is expected to commence in August.



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