The Joint Admissions and Matriculation Board (JAMB) has released guidelines to all heads of tertiary institutions for the 2020 admission exercise.
The board also told all institutions to begin admission for candidates for first and second choices on August 21, 2020.
In the document, seen by PREMIUM TIMES, and sent to all vice-chancellors, rectors, and provosts of universities, polytechnics, and colleges of education, the JAMB Registrar, Ishaq Oloyede, warned against flouting decisions of its 2020 policy meeting, held on June 16.
Mr. Oloyede insisted that all admissions must be carried out in an honest and transparent manner.
“The 1st and 2nd Choices Admission-Exercise be conducted for all institutions from 21st August 2020 to a later date that would be determined by the Federal Ministry of Education and communicated to all the institutions,” he said, adding that “the uncertainties of the COVID-19 make it impossible to fix a terminal date.”
“All heads of institutions and admission officers are advised to carefully study and understand the content of the document with a view to implementing it fully for a seamless and transparent admission exercise,” he said.
According to him, the decisions, as well as the policy directives as contained in the address of the education minister at the policy meeting, shall serve as the guidelines for the 2020 admission exercise.
“All Heads of Tertiary Institutions are to ensure total compliance with the guidelines. Sanctions shall be applied to institutions that violate the decisions,” he warned
CAPS is important
The JAMB chief said the admission-exercise for the 2020/2021 Academic Session would be conducted on the Central Admission Processing System (CAPS).
The CAPS is an admission processing system that is geared towards ensuring quality control, transparency, and credibility of the admission process.
The board said it has stopped illegal or irregular admission in any form, saying all admissions must pass through it.
“Institutions should advise candidates to apply to them through JAMB. Duplication of application forms is NOT allowed, No Institution is allowed to publish, announce, exhibit or paste any name(s) of the admitted candidate without prior approval of the name on CAPS,” the board said.
On advertorials, JAMB said institutions that desire to place advertisements can do so by advising candidates who applied for the current UTME to change to their institution as First (1st) Choice rather than requesting the candidates to purchase another application.
“This is to prevent the issue of double registration which is a violation of the JAMB mandate,” Mr. Oloyede said.
“No institution will be allowed to recommend or admit any candidate whose
UTME score is below the following threshold: Degree — 160; ND — 120; NCE — 100; NID — 100.”