The Joint Admissions and Matriculation Board (JAMB) has given tertiary institutions the nod to commence first and second choice admission for 2020/2021 from 21 August.
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 the admission processes must be conducted on Central Admission Processing System (CAPS), warning institutions not to bypass the system.
The board stated 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 1st and 2nd Choices Admission-Exercise be conducted for all institutions from 21 August 2020 to a later date that would be determined by the Federal Ministry of Education and communicated to all the institutions.
“The uncertainties of TEFD Coronavirus (COVID-19) make it impossible to fix a terminal date,” the board said.
JAMB explained the guidelines for the 2020 admission exercise are expected to guide all the participants in the admission process.
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 an 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, National Innovation Diploma, and the Nigeria Certificate in Education into Full Time, Distance Learning, Part-Time, Outreach, Sandwich, etc, must be processed ONLY through the JAMB.
“Institutions which are still involved in advertising or selling application forms for admissions into the programs should stop henceforth.
“Institutions should advise candidates to apply to them through the 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 one hundred and fifty percent (150 per cent) of the equivalence of Full Time,” the board said.