…510,957 were not utilised by tertiary institutions
By Raphael Jov, Abuja
The Registrar, Joint Admissions and Matriculation Board (JAMB), Prof. Ishaq Oloyede has said that 612, 557 candidates were offered admission in 2019.
He said about 510,957 admission spaces were unused by tertiary institutions in 2019.
Oloyede noted that only 1,157,977 candidates had the required five credits with English and mathematics that sat for the Unified Tertiary Matriculation Examinations (UTME) last year.
He disclosed this at the 2020 policy meeting on admissions to tertiary institutions.
In his opening address, the Registrar of JAMB said: “Out of 1,157,977 candidates who sat for UTME in 2019, about 612,557 were admitted.”
Oloyede noted that candidates waiting for their results will only be considered when they are uploaded on its website.
In his remarks, Minister of Education, directed JAMB and tertiary institutions to proceed with the conduct of 2020/2021 admissions.
Admission processes are expected to commence in August based on the guidelines released by JAMB.
Represented by the Minister of State for Education, Emeka Nwajiuba, Adamu urged JAMB and tertiary institutions to consider candidates with previous years Senior School Certificate Examination and other qualifying results, to proceed with the admission process.
He said government will make arrangement that will accommodate applicants who will be taking the examination when the opportunity to do so is worked out.
The minister 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.
“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.”