1,300,000 UTME candidates may lose their admission into universities and polytechnics in 2020 due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
1,300,000 Unified Tertiary Matriculation Examination candidates may lose their admission into universities and polytechnics in 2020 over the delay in the SSCE due to the COVID-19 .
This is the category of candidates who used awaiting results to sit the 2020 UTME.
Non of the SSCE Examination have been conducted due to schools closure since March due to COVID-19.
The Joint Admissions and Matriculation Board Tuesday announced 120 and 160 cut-off marks for admission into polytechnics and universities respectively for the 2020/2021 academic session.
It also said admission processes would begin , with candidates who already had their O-Level results in August 2020.
Prof Is-haq Oloyede,The JAMB Registrar, noted that candidates who used awaiting results would only be considered when the results were uploaded on the board’s website.
From the JAMB Policy Guidelines presentation by Oloyede, obtained by our correspondent, the figures of awaiting results candidates, who, however, met the cut-offs for universities and polytechnics are over 1.3 million.
, the registrar said, On the 2020 UTME cumulative performance statistics, 1,889,801 candidates got 120 and above; the total number of candidates with Ordinary Level results uploaded are 536,813 while 1,352,988 are candidates with awaiting results.
Of the 1,889,801, a total number of 1,329,289 got 160 and above; of the 1,329,289, a total number of 398,984 candidates uploaded their O-Level results and 930,305 is the number of candidates awaiting results.
The board instructed institutions to notify it if they were having “COVID-19 — induced delay or no Ordinary Level results from many candidates.”
After contacting the NECO,
NECO Head of Information,Azeez Sanni, said the council was waiting for a directive from the government as “different stakeholders are also deliberating on the matter and will come up with a solution.”
The WAEC Head of Public Affairs, Damian Ojijeogu, said the council was prepared to conduct the o’Level examination.
We were already prepared to conduct the examination before the lockdown.
In his remarks on Tuesday, the Minister of State for Education, Emeka Nwajiuba, directed JAMB and tertiary institutions to proceed with the conduct of 2020/2021 admissions.
He noted that admission processes are expected to commence in August based on the guidelines released by JAMB.