Nothing less than 1,300,000 Unified Tertiary Matriculation Examination 2020 candidates may lose their chances of securing admission into Nigerian Universities and Polytechnics. This is due to the delay in the Senior Secondary Certificate Examinations owing to the COVID-19 pandemic which has put everything on hold.
1,300,000 are candidates who used awaiting results to sit the 2020 UTME, which held between March 14 and March 22.
Both the West African Examinations Council and the National Examinations Council, which should have conducted their examinations in April and May 2020, are yet to do so due to closure of Schools since March.
The Joint Admissions and Matriculation Board at its policy meeting with heads of tertiary institutions in the country had 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 in August 2020, with candidates who already had their o’Level results.
The JAMB Registrar, Prof Is-haq Oloyede, 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 revealed the figures of awaiting results candidates, who, however, met the cut-offs for universities and polytechnics are over 1.3 million.