The Registrar, Joint Admissions and Matriculation Board, Prof. Is-haq Oloyede yesterday revealed that about 510,957 admission spaces were unused by tertiary institutions in 2019.
This is as the exam body approved 160 and above as the national minimum cut-off mark for the 2020 admissions into public universities.
The board also approved 140 as minimum UTME score for admission into private universities and 120 and above for Polytechnics.
It also pegged at 100 and above, the cut-off for both Colleges of Education and Innovation Enterprise Institutions.
The decision on the cut-off marks was reached at the 20th Policy Meeting on Admissions to Tertiary Institutions in Nigeria which held in Abuja
Prof. Is-haq Oloyede, who disclosed that only 612, 557 candidates were offered admission in 2019, noted that a total of 1,157,977 candidates who had the required five credits with English and mathematics sat for the Unified Tertiary Matriculation Examinations in 2020.
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 the government will make arrangements 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.
“Whatever arrangement that the country comes up with on the long run, will surely accommodate those who will be taking the examination when the opportunity to do so is worked out.”