The Joint Admissions and Matriculation’s Board (JAMB) have announced the official date for the commencement of the 2020 Unified Tertiary Matriculation Examination (UTME).
The registrar JAMB, Prof Ishaq Oloyede, who disclosed this said the 2020 UTME will be written between March 14 and April 4.
The JAMB registrar also explained that the registrations for its mock examinations would commence between Jan. 13 and Feb. 1, 2020, while the mock examinations would hold on Feb. 18, 2020.
He Oloyede gave the details at a stakeholders’ meeting on Monday in Abuja
According to him, “The UTME for 2020 will be between March 14 and April 4, noting that an optional mock examination for candidates would also take place on February 18, 2020.
“Registration for the UTME would start on January 13 and end on February 17.”
The exam body also revealed that it is now collaborating with the National Identity Management Commission (NIMC), as directed by the National Assembly and Federal Executive Council, to conduct the 2020 UTME.
The board has further urged prospective candidates to approach any NIMC enrollment centre to obtain their National Identity Number to enable them to register for the examinations.
“Everybody must rise up and support NIMC. We are also bringing in Computer Professional Registration Council of Nigeria (CPN) to help in monitoring the Computer Based Centres (CBT).
“We also have the advantage of the Galaxy Backbone. Each of the CBT centres has been mapped with NIMC enrollment centres
Meanwhile, JAMB has introduced a Central Admission Processing System (CAPS) to help the annual admissions processes.
The CAPS system is designed to prevent institutions from unilaterally changing or proposing a candidate for admission into the programme or courses other than his/her chosen course.
According to the registrar, some institutions offer admission to candidates outside CAPS on their designated portals but the exam body warned that such institutions are rather jeopardizing the candidate’s chances rather than helping them get admission.
He also explained that JAMB has mandated institutions to always give preference to the candidates’ chosen courses.
“We have called you to inform you about our preparedness towards the conduct of the 2020 UTME and to pay attention to public examinations in your states and be conscious of proliferation of examination centres to perpetrate malpractices,’’ Oloyede said.