JAMB, institutions agree to close 2020/2021 admissions by June 15

 The Joint Admissions and Matriculation Board(JAMB) and tertiary institutions have agreed to close admissions for the 2020/2021 Academic session by 15th June, 2021.

The decision was collectively taken at a virtual meeting attended by heads of trtiary institutions last week, JAMB’s Head of Information, Dr Fabian Benjamin, said in a statement on Sunday.

The statement said Registrar of JAMB, Prof. Is-haq Oloyede used the meeting to know the progress tertiary institutions had made on the 2020/21 admissions scale.

It noted the goal of the interactive meeting was to forestall an endless admission regime generated by the series of disruptions to daily life occasioned by the COVID-19 pandemic.

According to the statement, the meeting would enable the board to put necessary machinery in place for the 2021/2022 Unified Tertiary Matriculation Examination (UTME/DE) registration exercise.

It noted that only 30 per cent of institutions had started admissions into the 2020/2021 Academic Session.

The statement said there was need to collectively decide when to close the 2020/2021 Admission Exercise.

It added that the proposal was for Public Universities to end admissions four weeks ahead of Private Universities, the Polytechnics, Colleges of Education and IEIs.

“After a robust and insightful deliberation, members collectively agreed that all public universities are expected to finish their admissions on or before 15th May, 2021, while the private universities and all IEIs, polytechnics and COEs would complete theirs at the agreed date of 15th June, 2021.

“Prof.Oloyede reiterated that the chosen deadlines remained sacrosanct and binding on all institutions as the Board would not tolerate any breaches of the collective decision reached at the meeting.

“He said the Board would announce in a week’s time the commencement date for the sale of application documents for the 2021/2022 Academic Session,” the statement said.

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