2020 JAMB Admission Exercise to Commence August 21st, 2020

Speaking on the process of admission for 2020 UTME/DE candidates, and the timing, the JAMB board is moving at a faster pace to ensure that the 2020 academic year is not wasted and registration for the 2021 examination won’t be hindered.

The Joint Admissions Matriculation Board management has officially directed all academic institutions in Nigeria, to commence the conduct of the first and second choice admission exercise, starting from August 21st, 2020.

The management board also directed all academic institutions in Nigeria, to stop advertising or selling application forms for admissions into some listed programmes, the organisation told institutional managerial body, to advise candidates to apply for the programmes through its office.

Speaking on this issue, the spokesperson of JAMB, Dr. Fabian Benjamin, disclosed that duplication of application forms was not allowed, and those caught will pay hugely.

The guidelines shared by Dr. Fabian Benjamin, disclosed that application for admission into all forms of programme in tertiary institutions must be conducted by the Joint Admission and Matriculation Board (JAMB), he further disclosed that all admission exercise must be conducted on the Central Admission Processing (Caps) 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.

Also speaking on this issue, is the Registrar of JAMB, Prof. Is-haq Oloyede, who said that “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 portal.

“Academic institutions in Nigeria desiring to place advertisement for admission into their various programmes can do so by advising candidates who applied for the current Unified Tertiary Matriculation Examination, to change to their institution as first choice rather than requesting the candidates to purchase another application form or apply. This is to curb corruptions, and prevent the issue of double registration, which is a violation of the JAMB mandate.

“Candidates and institutions should both be aware that admission-process for the 2020/2021 academic session would be conducted on CAPS portal and nowhere else. No academic institution is allowed to publish, announce, exhibit or paste any name(s) of admitted candidate without prior approval of the name on JAMB CAPS. Indeed, the exercise is to be fully conducted only on the JAMB CAPS.

“The first and 2nd choices admission-exercises be conducted for all institutions, starting from the 21st of August, 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 deadline for admission at the moment.

“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.

The registrar severally warned all institutions not to charge candidates above two thousand Naira (N2,000) for any form of screening or make candidates incur other screening related expenses directly or indirectly. The JAMB head further warned all institution NOT to request for photograph or biometric data from candidates during registration.

“No institution is allowed to recapture or demand any photograph or biometric data from any candidate rather, the picture and biometric of candidate which the candidate provided during their registration is automatically supplied by JAMB should be used for the exercise to eliminate impersonation and substitution of real candidates during registration”.

Speaking on the upgrade from UTME to the Direct Entry in the 2020 admission, JAMB further disclosed 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 Direct Entry (DE) for free.

Here’s what candidates should expect after upgrading their UTME to DE:

When you have successfully complete the form submission, 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, but after converting it to DE, it becomes 25513377ADU.

Finally, all candidates should note that the record of candidates who have converted from UTME to DE can only be accessed on JAMB CAPS with the eleven (11) digits registration number.

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