The Joint Admission and Matriculation Board, JAMB, has released its resolutions on the admission requirement into higher institutions for the 2020 academic session.
Naija News understands that the tertiary admission body on Tuesday, June 16 held a digital meeting to finalise on general minimum cut off marks required of admission seekers to gain admission into universities, polytechnics and colleges, among other agendas.
It was given that cut-off mark for admission into tertiary institutions remains at 160 and above.
Speaking on the resolution, JAMB registrar, Professor Ishaq Oloyede, noted that Polytechnics cut-off mark is pegged at 120 and above while Colleges of Education will accept 100 and above.
According to Oloyede, the body in 2019 offered admission to a total of 612, 557 admission seekers while 510,957 spaces were left unused by tertiary institutions.
He revealed further that only 1,157,977 candidates who sat for the exam last year met the required five credits with English and Mathematics.
He said, “Out of 1,157,977 candidates who sat for UTME in 2019, about 612,557 were admitted,” he said in his opening address at the occasion. Oloyede noted that candidates waiting for their results will only be considered when they are uploaded on its website.”
On his part, the Minister of Education, Adamu Adamu who was represented by Emeka Nwajiuba, directed JAMB and tertiary institutions to commence with the conduct of 2020/2021 admission processes.
Naija News understands that the 2020/21 admission processes are expected to commence in August based on recent guidelines released by JAMB.
Adamu, however, admonished the exam body to be liberal with candidates with previous years Senior School Certificate Examination and as well other qualifying results, for the admission process.
He said: “As major stakeholders, we must jointly come up with reactions that would realign our programmes to these new realities.”
“While these reactions are being fine-tuned to check their capacities and capabilities to withstand the new reality, JAMB and tertiary institutions could take advantage of the current situation and consider candidates with previous years Senior School Certificate Examination and other qualifying results, to proceed on with the admission process.”
The minister added, “Whatever arrangement that the country comes up with in the long run, will surely accommodate those who will be taking the examination when the opportunity to do so is worked out.”
Meanwhile, Zamfara State Governor, Bello Matawalle, about a month ago has vowed to continue Almajiri System Of Education in the Northern State.