Over 1.3million UTME candidates may lose their admission into universities, polytechnics, and colleges of education in 2020 over the delay in the Senior Secondary School Certificate Examinations due to the Corona Virus pandemic.
The 1.3million are the numbers of UTME candidates who applied with awaiting O level results.
The SSCE examinations (WAEC and NECO) could not be conducted in April and May 2020 as expected because of COVID-19.
The Joint Admissions and Matriculation Board (JAMB) in its policy meeting with heads of tertiary institutions in Nigeria said that admission processes would being in August 2020 with candidates who already had their O Level results.
JAMB noted that candidates who uploaded their O Level would only be considered for admission.
Speaking at the JAMB Policy Guidelines presentation, JAMB Registrar, Prof. Ishaq Oloyede, 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.
“No admission can be initiated from JAMB; it must come from the institutions using the Central Admission Processing System process. In this process, the institution’s Admission Officer proposes a candidate; then, the Head of Institution recommends the candidate; furthermore, the JAMB Desk Officer approves recommendation and finally, the candidate accepts or rejects.
“After the uploading of o’Level by a candidate, any admission to be done must consider him or her. If any institution requests for opening of change for programme or institution, it must consider all the candidates who have uploaded.”