The Joint Admissions and Matriculation Board, JAMB, has announced that it would be releasing the 2020/2021 university admission cut-off points on August 31st. This is due to the fact that JAMB’s policy meeting where decisions and admission cut-off marks are not only taken but also decided has been fixed on that date. The Head of the Public Relations and Protocol, Dr Fabian Benjamin stated in the board’s weekly news bulletin that the Minister of Education, Mallam Adamu Adamu has approved August 31st for the policy meeting.
The Minister of Education, is usually in charge of the meetings, but the heads of tertiary institutions, heads of regulatory agencies in the sector, and other stakeholders like the chairmen of the committees on education at the lower and upper chambers of the National Assembly in attendance would be present at the meeting. The official bulletin stated,"This meeting kick-starts the admission process into the nation’s tertiary institutions. It will discuss critical issues emanating from the presentation of the Registrar of the Joint Admissions and Matriculation Board, JAMB, on the just-concluded Unified Tertiary Matriculation Examination, UTME, and Direct Entry applications, in addition to setting the tone for the 2021/2022 admission exercise. The meeting is expected to chart policy directions for the nation’s tertiary institutions, set admission guidelines and present application statistics, candidates’ performance as well as evaluate the 2020 admission exercise.
The meeting, in addition to other deliberations, would take a stand on acceptable minimum admissions standards to be applied in all admissions to be undertaken by all tertiary institutions in Nigeria. Given the critical nature of the decisions to be taken at the meeting, it would be streamed live on the Board’s website, www.jamb.gov.ng, on its Facebook handle “@JAMBULLETIN” and other social media platforms."
JAMB also warned tertiary institutions to not go ahead with admissions before the meeting takes place. “The Board makes it clear that it is an abuse of process for any institution to commence any admission exercise before this meeting as it is this forum that gives this authorisation,” it warned.