The Joint Admissions and Matriculation Board (JAMB) has given tertiary institutions the nod to begin first and second choice admissions for 2020/2021 from August 21.
The board said the deadline for admissions would be communicated to heads of tertiary institutions at a later date to be determined by the Federal Government.
JAMB insisted that the admission processes must be conducted on Central Admission Processing System (CAPS), warning institutions not to bypass the system.
The board said these in its 2020 admission guidelines signed by its Registrar, Prof. Is-haq Oloyede, and released on Sunday by its Head of Media and Information, Dr. Fabian Benjamin.
“The first and second choices admission exercise be conducted for all institutions from August 21, 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 terminal date,” the board said.
JAMB explained that the guidelines for 2020 admission would enable participants in admission process to know what to do.
The board warned heads of institutions against flouting decisions of its 2020 policy meeting, held last month, insisting that all admissions must be carried out in honest and transparent manner.
“The guidelines explain the nitty-gritty of the processes of admission of candidates into the Nigerian tertiary institutions.
“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.
“The decisions as well as the policy directives as contained in the address of the Honourable Minister of Education at the policy meeting shall serve as the guidelines for the 2020 admissions exercise.”
“All heads of tertiary institutions are to ensure total compliance with the guidelines.
“Sanctions shall be applied to institutions that violate the decisions,” the board said.
The board said it has stopped illegal or irregular admission in any form, saying all admissions must pass through it.
It said: “All applications for admissions to First Degree, National Diploma (ND), National Innovation Diploma and the Nigeria Certificate in Education (NCE) into full time, Distance Learning, Part Time, Outreach, Sandwich, etc, must be processed only through the Joint Admissions and Matriculation Board (JAMB).
“Institutions, which are still involved in advertising or selling application forms for admissions into the programmes, should stop henceforth.
“Institutions should advise candidates to apply to them through JAMB. Duplication of application forms is not allowed.
“JAMB and the three regulatory agencies – (National Universities Commission (NUC), National Board for Technical Education (NBTE) and National Commission for Colleges of Education (NCCE) – will ensure that all tertiary institutions comply with this policy directive.
“The duration of all non-full-time studies must be maintained as approved by the regulatory agencies. This is generally not less than 150 percent of the equivalence of full time,” JAMB added.