Social media posts making the rounds claims that ahead of the commencement of 2020/2021 post- Unified Tertiary Matriculation Examination (UTME) screening on September 7, tertiary institutions in Nigeria are set to resume.
This claim is misleading. People’s Check findings revealed that the commencement of the 2020/2021 post- Unified Tertiary Matriculation Examination (UTME) screening on September 7 was muddled up with the resumption of all tertiary institutions’ students.
A screenshot of the viral claim on WhatsApp
The post which was copied word for word from some news websites and blogs, education/admission websites, as well as Facebook post here, here, here and here . It reads in part:
“According to an information reaching us revealed that the Joint admission and Matriculation (JAMB) and all tertiary institutions have agreed to commence the 2020/2021 post- Unified Tertiary Matriculation Examination (UTME) screening on September 7.
“On this note, all tertiary institutions are set to reopen after the shutdown of schools across the nation in march 2020 following the outbreak of the deadly virus (Covid-19).”
It further said “All indications show that students must resume in all campuses from all levels as Universities, Poly and Others Set to Resume September 7 for Post-UTME Kicks Off.”
People’s Check found out that the original news on the commencement of the 2020/2021 post- Unified Tertiary Matriculation Examination (UTME) screening on September 7 was muddled up with the intent of misleading the general public especially students.
While it is true that the Post-Unified Tertiary Matriculation Examination screening for the 2020 admission into universities, polytechnics and colleges of education will start from September 7, 2020, according to the Joint Admissions and Matriculation Board (JAMB)
The claim that students must resume in all campuses from all levels is entirely false as it only applies to institutions whose post-UTME screening is mandatory for candidates.
According to the Registrar of JAMB, Prof. Ish-aq Oloyede, “For the institutions which want to conduct post-UTME tests, it cannot be earlier than September 7 and it will be held twice — September 7 to October 4 — and then it will be held for the second time on November 18 to mop up those who are taking their school certificate examination.”
On when universities and other tertiary institutions would be fully reopened for academic activities, Chukwuemeka Nwajiuba, the minister of state for education on Thursday, August 13, giving an update said the Federal Government would inform Nigerians when it is safe to reopen schools once the PTF assesses all the data
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