No fewer than 1,300,000 Unified Tertiary Matriculation Examination candidates could lose their admission into universities and polytechnics in 2020 over the delay within the Senior Secondary Certificates Examinations as a result of COVID-19 pandemic.
That is the class of candidates who used awaiting outcomes to take a seat the 2020 UTME, which held between March 14 and March 22 – a number of weeks into the COVID-19 disaster.
Each the West African Examinations Council and the Nationwide Examinations Council, which ought to have carried out their examinations in April and Could 2020, have but to take action as a result of colleges closure since March as a result of COVID-19.
The Joint Admissions and Matriculation Board at its coverage assembly with heads of tertiary establishments within the nation on Tuesday introduced 120 and 160 cut-off marks for admission into polytechnics and universities respectively for the 2020/2021 educational session.
It additionally stated admission processes would start in August 2020, with candidates who already had their O-Stage outcomes.
The JAMB Registrar, Prof Is-haq Oloyede, famous that candidates who used awaiting outcomes would solely be thought of when the outcomes have been uploaded on the board’s web site.
From the JAMB Coverage Pointers presentation by Oloyede, obtained by punch correspondent, the figures of awaiting outcomes candidates, who, nevertheless, met the cut-offs for universities and polytechnics are over 1.three million.
But the lack of WAEC and NECO to carry their SSCE because of the closure of colleges could probably jeopardise the admission probabilities of the UTME candidates, our correspondent learnt.
On web page 144 of the presentation, the registrar stated, “On the 2020 UTME cumulative efficiency statistics, 1,889,801 candidates received 120 and above; the whole variety of candidates with Peculiar Stage outcomes uploaded are 536,813 whereas 1,352,988 are candidates with awaiting outcomes.
“Of the 1,889,801, a complete variety of 1,329,289 received 160 and above; of the 1,329,289, a complete variety of 398,984 candidates uploaded their O-Stage outcomes and 930,305 is the variety of candidates awaiting outcomes.
“No admission may be initiated from JAMB; it should come from the establishments utilizing the Central Admission Processing System course of. On this course of, the establishment’s Admission Officer proposes a candidate; then, the Head of Establishment recommends the candidate; moreover, the JAMB Desk Officer approves advice and eventually, the candidate accepts or rejects.
“After the importing of o’Stage by a candidate, any admission to be completed should contemplate her or him. If any establishment requests for opening of change for programme or establishment, it should contemplate all of the candidates who’ve uploaded.”
The board instructed establishments to inform it in the event that they have been having “COVID-19 — induced delay or no Peculiar Stage outcomes from many candidates.”
When contacted, the NECO Head of Data, Azeez Sanni, stated the council was ready for a directive from the federal government as “completely different stakeholders are additionally deliberating on the matter and can give you an answer.”
The WAEC Head of Public Affairs, Damian Ojijeogu, stated the council was ready to conduct the o’Stage examination.
“We have been already ready to conduct the examination earlier than the lockdown,” he stated in a textual content message.
In his remarks on Tuesday, the Minister of Schooling, Adamu Adamu, represented by the Minister of State for Schooling, Emeka Nwajiuba, directed JAMB and tertiary establishments to proceed with the conduct of 2020/2021 admissions.
He famous that admission processes are anticipated to start in August primarily based on the rules launched by JAMB.
“As main stakeholders, we should collectively give you reactions that might realign our programmes to those new realities. No matter association that the nation comes up with in the long term, it is going to absolutely accommodate those that will likely be taking the examination when the chance to take action is labored out,” the minister had stated.