The Joint Admissions and Matriculation Board has said that it is considering a new date for the commencement of the 2020 admission processes from the earlier announced date of August 22, 2020.
In a statement on Sunday, the board’s spokesperson, Fabian Benjamin, said the board would be meeting with all tertiary institutions on Monday, August 10, to brainstorm on the possibility of shifting the commencement of admission to a date that would better “accommodate the vagaries of COVID-19 pandemic.”
The statement reads, “As a responsible organisation whose mantra is equity and fairness, the board desires that every aspiring candidate who had taken its UTME be given equal opportunity to compete with his/her peers for the available openings.
“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.”
The board explained that as intellectuals it was 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 government.
It added that 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,” it explained.
At the meeting, the Board would 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 examination.
WAEC, NECO, NABTEB Postponed
Recall that owing to the lockdown occasioned by COVID-19 Pandemic, candidates who had sat the Board’s UTME under the Awaiting Results stipulation were unable to take the Senior School Certificate Examinations conducted by the West African Examination Council (WAEC), National Examinations Council (NECO), National Business and Technical Examination Board (NABTEB) as scheduled.
Also owing to the further relaxation of the COVID-19-inspired restrictions by the Federal Government, the West African Examination Council has fixed the commencement of its examinations from 17th August, 2020, to 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.