2020 admissions for UTME candidates begins August 21 – JAMB


The Joint Admissions and Matriculation Board (JAMB) has directed all institutions to begin the process for student admission from August 21.

Dr. Fabian Benjamin, the JAMB spokesman, who stated this in Abuja on Sunday, also provided guidelines for the 2020 admissions.

The JAMB spokesman warned schools not to sell admission forms into listed programmes, noting that candidates should apply for programmes through its offices as all admission exercise must be conducted on the Central Admission Processing System.

JAMB also warned institutions not to charge above N2,000 for any form of screening or make candidates incur other screening related expenses, adding that no photographs or biometric data should be requested from candidates by institutions.

“All applications for admissions to First Degree, National Diploma, National Innovation Diploma and the Nigeria Certificate in Education into full-time, distance learning, part-time, outreach, sandwich, etc, must be processed only through JAMB.

“Institutions that desire to place advertisement can do so by advising candidates who applied for the current Unified Tertiary Matriculation Examination to change to their institution as first choice rather than requesting the candidates to purchase another application form or apply. This is to prevent the issue of double registration which is a violation of the JAMB mandate.

“The admission-exercise for the 2020/2021 academic session would be conducted on CAPS. No institution is allowed to publish, announce, exhibit or paste any name(s) of admitted candidate without prior approval of the name on CAPS. Indeed, the exercise is to be fully conducted only on CAPS

“The first second choices admission exercises should be conducted for all institutions from August 21, 2020, to a later date that would be determined by the Federal Ministry of Education and communicated to all the institutions. The uncertainties of the COVID-19 make it impossible to fix a terminal date.”

Dr. Benjamin noted that candidates who took the 2020 UTME but later obtained higher qualifications either A-Levels or its equivalent could apply to convert the UTME to Direct Entry for free.

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