The Joint Admissions and Matriculation Board (JAMB) has directed all tertiary institutions in the country to expedite action on the completion of the 2021 admission exercise. This came as parents and some stakeholders expressed concern over delayed admissions in which case the fate of more than 600,000 eligible candidates who participated in the 2021 Unified Tertiary Matriculation Examination (UTME) is hanging in the balance.
JAMB revealed that over 1.4 million candidates registered for both the 2021 UTME and Direct Entry, out of which only about 600,000 possessed the requisite qualifications to be admitted based on available records with the Board.
Checks revealed that the majority of tertiary institutions, especially public universities, are still processing their 2020 admissions, which were affected by the prolonged strike by the Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU) last year.
Checks at University of Abuja, Nasarawa State University, Keffi, and others further confirmed that some of them are yet to conclude the 2020 admissions.
The ASUU strike that paralysed academic activities in public universities lasted about nine months coupled with the lockdown occasioned by the COVID-19 outbreak, majority of tertiary institutions in the country were unable to process admissions for 2020 academic session until late last year.
JAMB also confirmed that it had recorded only a negligible number of fully-processed admissions on the Central Admission Processing System (CAPS). The Board in its weekly Bulletin said, “All tertiary institutions in the country have been called upon to expedite action on the completion of the 2021 admission exercise.
“This call became necessary following the negligible number of fully-processed admissions on the Central Admission Processing System (CAPS) out of the teeming population of candidates with requisite qualifications yearning for admission.
“The board is aware of numerous challenges that have impacted the academic calendars of tertiary institutions as well as the smooth processing of the admission requests but urged them to devise acceptable means of closing the gap and complete the 2021 admission exercise on schedule.”
Director of Admissions, Mr Mohammed Babaji Ahmed,implored them to interact with their respective institutions to ensure that even if they are not ready for students to resume, they could conduct such admissions prior to their respective chosen resumption dates to enable their candidates to know their fate.