Written by Godfrey AKON

2020 admissions: tertiary institutions set June 15 deadline

Heads of tertiary institutions in Nigeria have set June 15, 2021 as deadline for all admissions into tertiary institutions for the 2020/2021 Academic Session.

Authorities of the institutions collectively took the decision during a virtual meeting of Heads of Tertiary Institutions in the country and the Management of the Joint Admissions and Matriculation Board, JAMB, on Wednesday, a statement of by the spokesman of JAMB, Fabian Benjamin said.

While delivering remarks at the meeting, the Registrar of JAMB, Prof. Ishaq Oloyede, said the essence of the meeting to know the level they had reached with the 2020/21 admissions.

Oloyede said the meeting was also held to forestall an endless admission regime generated by the series of disruptions to daily life occasioned by the COVID-19 pandemic.

According to him, the meeting would enable the Board to put necessary machinery in place for the 2021/2022 UTME/DE Registration Exercise.

The Registrar had earlier informed the gathering of eminent scholars that only 30 per cent of institutions had started admissions into the 2020/2021 Academic Session.

He stated there was the need to collectively decide when to close the 2020/2021 Admission Exercise. He added that the proposal was for Public Universities to end admissions four weeks ahead of Private Universities, the Polytechnics, Colleges of Education and IEIs.

After a robust and insightful deliberation, members collectively agreed that all public universities are expected to finish their admissions on or before 15th May, 2021, while the private universities and all IEIs, polytechnics and COEs would complete theirs at the agreed date of 15th June, 2021.

Oloyede reiterated that the chosen deadlines remained sacrosanct and binding on all institutions as the Board would not tolerate any breaches of the collective decision reached at the meeting.

He said the Board would announce in a week's time the commencement date for the sale of application documents for the 2021/2022 Academic Session.

Meanwhile, the Board has urged all institutions to adhere strictly to all advisories issued to them on inter/intra-university transfers, foreign inter-university transfers and fresh foreign candidates, change of programmes and institutions and other essential processes related to admission in order to avoid unnecessary bickering that could endanger the future of innocent candidates and their subsequent mobilization for the National Youth Service Corps (NYSC).

He added these advisories and procedures were to serve as guides for them on how to handle the various issues as they arose.

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