By Denis Ajuntanti
The Joint Admissions Matriculation Board (JAMB) has directed all institutions to begin the conduct of the first and second choice admission exercise with effect from August 21, 2020.
While directing institutions to desist from advertising or selling application forms for admissions into some listed programmes, the organisation told them to advise candidates to apply for the programmes through its office.
The spokesperson of JAMB, Dr. Fabian Benjamin, who gave the directives in the 2020 admission guidelines released to journalists in Abuja yesterday, warned that duplication of application forms was not allowed.
The guidelines ,which insisted that application for admission into all forms of programme in tertiary institutions must be conducted by JAMB, also warned that all admission exercise must be conducted on the Central Admission Processing System.
Benjamin stressed that sanctions would be applied to any institution that violates any of the guidelines.
Meanwhile, JAMB has appealed to Computer-Based Test centres to obey all official protocols on the COVID-19 pandemic.
According to its weekly bulletin, the Registrar of JAMB, Prof. Is-haq Oloyede, had urged CBT owners and operators to take the COVID-19 pandemic serious during a web-hosted meeting to deliberate on new operational processes under the extant COVID-19 dispensation.
The guideline reads in part: “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 (UTME) 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 and 2nd choices admission-exercises 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.
“All institutions are to conduct their admission-exercises within the approved schedule for 1st and second choices respectively. At the expiration of the period, any institution that failed to have conducted its admission will no longer have the candidates on its platform in CAPS.
“Policy guidelines for 2020 admission-exercises as approved by the policy meeting and the directives by the Honorable Minister of Education shall be formally communicated to the institutions on or before 15th July, 2020.”
While warning institutions not to charge above N2,000 for any form of screening or make candidates incur other screening related expenses directly or indirectly, JAMB warned against any request for photograph or biometric data from candidates by any institution.
“No institution is allowed to recapture or demand any photograph or biometric data from any candidate rather, the picture and biometric of candidate supplied by JAMB should be used for the exercise to eliminate impersonation and substitution of real candidate”, the document stated.
On the upgrade from UTME to the Direct Entry in the 2020 admission session, JAMB stated that candidates who wrote the 2020 UTME but later obtained higher qualifications either A-levels or its equivalent, could apply to convert the UTME to the DE for free.
The guidelines said, “After successful completion and submission of the form, the candidate’s UTME registration number has letter “U” appended to it (the registration number now becomes 11 digits). For instance, the UTME registration number 25513377AD after converting to DE becomes 25513377ADU.
“Record of candidates who have converted from UTME to DE can only be accessed on CAPS with the eleven (11) digits registration number.”