The post-Unified Tertiary Matriculation Examination screening to admit students into the 2020/21 academic session has been billed to commence across Nigeria’s higher institutions on September 7.
The new exam date was reached following a meeting between the Joint Admissions and Matriculation Board (JAMB) and Vice-Chancellors, Rectors, and Provosts of tertiary institutions on Monday.
Announcing the date to newsmens was the Registrar of JAMB, Prof Is-haq Oloyede, saying that the screening would now hold between September 7 and November 18.
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Recall that JAMB had earlier issued a guideline for all tertiary institutions to begin their admission with effect from August 20.
Oloyede said the adjustment in the date would allow students taking the 2020 O’ level examinations to be able to participate in the screening.
He said, “Presently as you are aware, WAEC starts the Senior School Certificate Examination on August 17, it will go on till September 7.
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“Similarly, on September 21 or thereabout, NABTEB will commence its 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.
“For those (institutions) who want to take post-UTME, that cannot be earlier than the 7th of September and it will be held twice – September 7 to October 4, 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.