The Joint admission matriculation board (JAMB) has demonstrated that it’s considering a replacement date for the outset of the 2020 admission exercise into tertiary institutions.
This is because the board declared that it’ll meet the heads of all tertiary institutions on Monday, 10th August 2020 (tomorrow) to make a decision on the likelihood of shifting the dates.
JAMB had earlier fixed 22nd August 2020 for the commencement of this year’s admission exercise but during a statement on Sunday, the board disclosed that it’s considering a shift in date so on accommodate some issues necessitated by the worldwide COVID-19 pandemic.
Giving further details, the board noted that the move is to incorporate students who are unable to write down their O’level examinations due to the COVID-19 outbreak and can be commencing the same with WAEC exams later in August.
This was made known by JAMB in its weekly Bulletin made available to newsmen in Abuja on Sunday night.
It added that the scheduled meeting will consider and agree on the amendment of the sooner agreed date for the conduct of Post-UTME screening and other processes “It is the insight of this that the Board is functioning to pre-empt any unpalatable situation which will arise if institutions conduct their admissions without accommodating the vast number of candidates that are close to taking their O’level examinations.
“Consequently, the Board would, at the meeting, be watching the likelihood of ensuring that the varied institutions either delay or prolong their screening exercises to accommodate candidates who are going to be taking the 2020 O’level Examinations to be conducted by WAEC, NECO, NABTEB, etc.
The public also will recall that due to the lockdown occasioned by COVID-19 pandemic, candidates who had sat the Board’s UTME under the Awaiting Results stipulation were unable to require the Senior School Certificate Examinations conducted by the West Africa Examination Council (WAEC), National Examinations Council (NECO), National Business and Technical Examination Board (NABTEB), etc., as scheduled.
“It would even be recalled that due to the further relaxation of the COVID-19-inspired restrictions by the federal, the West African Examination Council has fixed the commencement of its examinations from 17th August 2020, and end them on 12th September 2020; National Business and Technical Education Board would conduct its series of examinations from 21st September 2020, to 15th October 2020, while the National Examinations Council would commence its own examination from 5th October and end same on 17th November 2020,” JAMB stated.