Can I Upload Pending/Held Results on JAMB/School Portal?

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Recently, some candidates whose results were held by WAEC or pending by NECO called to ask if it’s possible to go to CBT centres and upload the same printouts. A few candidates called me to ask if they can just go to CBT centres or JAMB offices to upload their awaiting results during their UTME or DE registrations.

Writing to answer whether someone can just upload withheld, pending or outstanding results on the JAMB portal can be a bit funny. But I won’t deny it that I’d received a series of questions on this.
A guy said…
Can’t I just go to register my UTME and ask the CBT centre to indicate PENDING so they can know I’m waiting for the subject in the NECO results?

I was quick to answer him. Yet, I felt bad for him.

Apart from withheld, conditions that include outstanding and canceled results were witnessed in WAEC. I discussed the differences in the held, outstanding, and canceled results in my post, “Why WAEC/NECO Withholds or Outstands Results“. There, you will also see what you can do about each and when to expect it to be released.

And now that a few NECO results may not be released until further notice, won’t it be acceptable to upload the evidence of PENDING or AWAITING results to the JAMB portal?

Uploading of O’level Results is About Grades

JAMB asks you to upload your WAEC, NECO, NABTEB, or NBAIS results. That is not a joke. It’s a serious matter. They want to be sure you have the required O’level subjects and grades worth being offered admission with.

Why do you think they will prefer you to upload held, pending, outstanding, or awaiting results?

The simple truth is that it’s worthless to upload HELD or OUTSTANDING results. Hence, it’s not allowed.

Upload Outstanding Results if the Subject(s) is (are) Not Relevant

For the WITHHELD results, WAEC and other exams body will not just release any of the results for a candidate, a group of candidates, or the whole centre. OUTSTANDING results usually affect a few subjects or one of all.

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In this case, you can still upload outstanding or pending results on one condition. Here is it.

If the subject outstood, held, or pended was not relevant for your admission. In other words, the subject affected is not related to the proposed course.

For example, a student whose Data Processing was outstood, held, or pended would be saved if he was proposing Medicine. Once he has Maths, English, Chemistry, Biology, and Physics released and good, he never needs others. These are the five relevant subjects required for Medicine like literally any other course. Then, other subjects are irrelevant here. See WAEC, NECO, and NABTEB Compulsory Subjects for Secondary Students

If however, English or/and Physics is affected, he can’t upload that for admission since either or both are needed for his admission.

CBT Centres and Uploading of O’level Results

Of course, to upload your O’level results, you have to visit any of the nearest CBT centres or the JAMB office. They will fill, scan, and upload the results for you. See How to Upload Results to JAMB Portal: O’level (SSCE), ND, and NCE.

Do you think a CBT centre will upload a pending or outstanding result for you? Do you think they will encourage you to upload HELD results?

Obviously, NO. It’s against the instructions given to them by JAMB.

And of course, in the options provided by JAMB, you won’t see the HELD, PENDED, or OUTSTOOD results in the options. You can only see A, B, C, D, E, F, and AR (Awaiting Results).

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Can I Still Wait For WAEC, NECO, or NABTEB Results?

With the explanation above, you may not be able to go forth but you may be on the lookout for your WAEC, NECO, or any other results. Your new concern is whether NECO, GCE, or NABTEB will meet up for this year’s admission.

You need to know this so you can upload that instead if it comes out at the right time.

I have answered this question comprehensively in my post, “Will NECO Results Meet Up With This Year Admission?”. You can also check “Can I Use GCE Awaiting Result For This Year Admission?” if that is your own hope.

In brief, you may or may not wait. It all depends on the school admission policies or the timing of the admission exercise.

Meanwhile, for the 2021/2022 admission exercise, very many institutions will be forced to wait for candidates to write their WAEC, NECO, and NABTEB and let the results be released before they can close their admission portals. And if they close their portals earlier than the release of these exam results, they will be forced by JAMB to reopen the portal for the uploading ONLY when the time comes.
In other words, if a school ends the post UTME without you uploading the results, don’t panic. Such schools will later allow you to upload as soon as your O’level result is available. 

Uploading Results On The School Portals

During the post UTME or admission screening registration, as earlier noted, candidates are required to upload their O’level results. And now that your fate is HELD, or OUTSTANDING, can you just go ahead and fill that? After all, the school will understand that it will/may be released later!?

As a matter of fact, the same condition applies to JAMB and schools. You can’t upload that on the school portal. No difference.

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Both the school and JAMB allow you to use awaiting results. If things eventually favor you, you should leave things to awaiting results while expecting the exam’s body to decide your final fate.

You can still upload the results on the JAMB portal as soon as you have your results released or you get another one. See the date this year’s admission will end, according to JAMB.

We have also seen the cases of universities that reopen the upload of O’level results after candidates had done post UTME and registrations for it were closed. For example, UNILORIN did this a few days after releasing their post UTME results when they noticed some of their candidates who did well in the post UTME were still awaiting results on their portal (2019 and 2020 admission year). UNIOSUN and a few other institutions did the same.

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