The Joint Admission Matriculation Board (JAMB) has announced a new date for the commencement of the 2020/2021 post- Unified Tertiary Matriculation Examination.
JAMB registrar, Prof. Ishaq Oloyede announced on Monday afternoon that the 2020/2021 post- Unified Tertiary Matriculation Examination screening will begin on September 7.
This was announced at the end of the meeting between JAMB and heads of all tertiary institutions in the country.
The board noted that the move is to accommodate students who have been unable to write their O’level examinations because of the COVID-19 outbreak and will be commencing same with WAEC exams later in August.
The JAMB boss emphasized again on Monday that the shift in the date of admission processes was to allow students sitting for the 2020 O’ level examinations conducted by the West African Examinations Council, National Examination Council, and National Business and Technical Examination Board obtain the required O’ level qualifications.
Oloyede said: “The view of JAMB is that while we go on consulting at a point when it becomes necessary for decision, we should all come together and take decision. Presently as you are aware, WAEC starts the Senior School Certificate Examination on 17 August; it will go on till 7th of September.
Similarly, on the 21 of September or thereabout, NABTEB will commence its own 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 will 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 for post-UTME, we believe as a custodian of the highest sector of the education system, we should avoid that.”
The JAMB Registrar added that this year’s post-UTME exercise will be done in two phases so as to accomodate all those writing the O’level examinations.
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 stated.