Heads of tertiary institutions in Nigeria have resolved that all admissions into the country’s tertiary institutions for the 2020/2021 academic session would end by June 15, 2021.
Dr. Fabian Benjamin, JAMB’s Head, Media and Information, stated in news briefing that the decision was collectively taken at a virtual meeting with Heads of Tertiary Institutions in the country on Wednesday, 24th February 2021.
Prof. Is-haq Oloyede, the Registrar of the Joint Admission and Matriculation Board (JAMB), in his remarks on the occasion, said the meeting with the institutions was aimed at knowing the level they had reached on the 2020/2021 admission scale.
“The essence of the interactive meeting was to forestall an endless admission regime generated by series of disruptions to daily life occasioned by the Covid-19 pandemic.
“The meeting would enable the Board to put necessary machinery in place for the 2020/2021 UTME/DE registration exercise”, he said.
The Registrar had earlier on informed the gathering of eminent scholars that only 30% of institutions had started admissions into the 2020/2021 academic session. He stated that there was the need to collectively decide when to close the ongoing 2020/2021 admission exercise.
Furthermore, he explained 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”, Oloyede buttressed.
He emphasized 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.
“The Board would announce in a week’s time the commencement date for the sale of application documents for the 2021/2022 academic session”, he said.
The Board, meanwhile, has counseled that all institutions should adhere strictly to all directives given concerning inter/intra-university transfers, foreign inter-university transfers and fresh foreign candidates, change of programmes and institutions, and other essential processes related to admission in order to avoid unnecessary bickering that could endanger the future of innocent candidates and their subsequent mobilization for the National Youth Service Corps (NYSC).