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JAMB 2020: Certain Categories of Candidates Will Be Granted Waiver From Writing Post UTME

The Joint Admission and Matriculation Board (JAMB) has approved the minimum of 160, 120 and 100 UTME score for admission into universities, polytechnics and colleges of education/innovation enterprises respectively. This was as a result of the agreement reached by the board and the institutions at the virtual policy meeting on admission into tertiary institutions in Nigeria on Tuesday, June 16, 2020.

The cut off marks as announced by the board, in line with the institutions’ recommendations are as follows:

Universities- minimum of 160 utme score, anything below will be nullified for admission process.

Polytechnics- minimum of 120 utme scoren is required, anything below will be nullified for admission into the institutions.

Colleges of Education and Innovation enterprises- minimum of 100 utme score is required, anything below this will be nullified for admission into the institutions.

In lieu of this, the board’s registrar, professor Isiaq Oloyede said that any institution that breach the agreement as agreed in the virtual policy meeting on the cut off marks for 2020 admissions will be sanctioned.

The board’s registrar disclosed that the admission process shall commence on August 21, 2020. He maintained that all institutions must not overcharge their candidates as he stipulated #2000 only for the post utme exercise form for all institutions. He maintained further that waiver or special consideration has been approved for disabled, foreign and inmate candidates as they will not sit for the post utme screening exercise before admission into their choice of school.

He said,

No University would be allowed to admit a candidate if he or she has scored less than 160 in the Unified Tertiary Matriculation Examination (UTME).

Nobody can admit a candidate with a score less than what the institution prescribed. That is, those who voted for 210 can maintain the figure and not 209 or anything below 210.

All those who prescribed less than 160 for universities cannot be accepted but 160 and above and the same goes for Polytechnics and Colleges of Education.

Every institution will have what it prescribed for itself except for those who prescribed lower and have to come up above the minimum mark.

The set of candidates that will not sit for the institutions’ post utme screening exercise as stipulated by the board include:

1. Foreign candidates: this set of candidates are allowed not to sit for the post utme screening exercise due to inconveniences.

2. The disabled; blind, deaf and physical disabled candidates.

3. Prisoner-candidate: candidate who is under conviction at the time of the screening exercise.

The board’s registrar said, “This was because of the difficulty in the process as complained by the group,”

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