The Joint Admissions and Matriculation Board (JAMB) is considering a new date for the commencement of the 2020 admissions processes from the earlier announced date of 22nd August 2020.
This was contained in a statement released on Sunday, August 9; through its Head of Media, Dr Fabian Benjamin.
According to the statement, the JAMB Board will be meeting all the tertiary institutions on Monday, August 10, to brainstorm on the possibility of shifting the commencement of admissions to a date that would better accommodate the vagaries of the COVID-19 pandemic.
”As a responsive 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 bulletin reads.
”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.
“Consequently, the Board would, at the meeting, 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 Examinations to be conducted by WAEC, NECO, NABTEB, etc.
“It would also be recalled that 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; 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.”