UTME: JAMB issues registration deadline to candidates
The Joint Admissions and Matriculation Board (JAMB) has instructed prospective candidates for the 2019 Unified Tertiary Matriculation Examination (UTME) to register before February 21.
The examination body said it is not considering extending the duration for registration.
It added that it is satisfied with the use of only accredited Computer-Based Test centres for the ongoing registration of candidates and the ban of cybercafés.
The Chairman of Governing Board of JAMB, Emmanuel Aguzie, said this on Friday shortly after touring some CBT centres in Lagos.
He said the 100 per cent computerised-registration process is yielding good results.
Three centres he visited included Ha-Shem Academy, Iwaya, Yaba; ETC Nigeria Ltd(TKK), Anthony, Ikorodu Road and the Federal College of Education (Technical), Yaba.
The three had registered over 7,000; 2,300 and 5,000 candidates respectively so far.
The official described the exercise as hitch-free, seamless and fraud-free as confirmed by both the CBT operators and candidates at the centres visited. He said he does not foresee the registration deadline extended.
According to him, registration is expected to close on February 21 with exam commencing March 16.
He said JAMB banned cybercafes because their operators always overcharged candidates despite their poor service.
He said only N4,700 (N3,500 for exam, N500 for a customised book and N700 service charge) is the official charges by JAMB per candidate this year and ”that no centre is expected to collect more than the amount.”
The trio of managing director of Ha-Shem Academy, Mojisola Sodunke; director at ETC Nig Ltd, Jibola Bankole and Ayinla Ahmed (technical officer) at Federal College of Education (Technical) centre, said they had no major hitches so far.
This, they added was unlike past years when the network was usually poor. They said this has now led to a fewer number of candidates coming up for registration each day.
2019 UTME registration deadline not likely to be extended —Official
The Joint Admissions and Matriculation Board says there may be no extension of deadline for registration of the 2019 Unified Tertiary Matriculation Examination in view of the successes recorded so far.
Chairman, Governing Board of JAMB, Dr. Emmanuel Ndukwe, disclosed this to newsmen during an inspection of selected accredited Computer-Based Test centres in Lagos on Friday.
According to him, findings on ground show that the ongoing registration in most of the centres has been seamless.
Ndukwe said that the exercise had been satisfactory.
The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that three major centres were inspected during the tour.
“I am indeed impressed with what I have been able to see regarding registration of candidates for this year’s Unified Tertiary Matriculation Examination.
“Reports garnered so far from the various administrators of these centres, coupled with what I have witnessed, is pointing to just one thing – the fact that the exercise has been going on without hitches.
“The exercise, being this smooth and hitch-free, means there may be no extension of the deadline for this registration.
“We must have to be strict with the approved date of closure of the exercise given to the public.
“If we start thinking about an extension, it will mean portraying the board as not being serious, because you saw for yourselves that some of the centres that we visited had many systems with few candidates to attend to.
“Therefore, all prospective candidates for the examination must be mindful of the deadline for the registration, as I do not foresee any extension,’’ Ndukwe said.
The chairman advised administators of CBT centres to stick to the rules and regulations guiding the process in their interest and that of the candidates.
“If we should find any centres that falls short of the set rules and regulations, or engage in any thing that can undermine the integrity of the examination, we will not hesitate to come down hard out rightly on such centres, to serve as a deterrent to others.
“You can see that during the inspection, we also took out time to talk to some candidates randomly, in an attempt to find out if they were being overcharged at one stage or the other in the course of registering for the examination.
“We are being very strict about it because the President Mohammadu Buhari-led administration, in its magnanimity, reduced the cost of the registration document from the initial N5,000 to N3,500.
“This reduction rate must be carried out to the later because it was done as a result of this administration’s concern about the plight of the ordinary Nigerian.
“Therefore, the board will not take kindly, any form of extortion on them,’’ he said.
He gave the assurance that some security apparatus had already been put in place to ensure that cyber café operators remained shut out of the registration process, saying that their involvement in the past years caused pains to candidates and the country at large.
Mr Olufemi Amoda, Centre Manager, Electronic Test Company, JKK House, on Ikorodu Road, one of the centres visited, said that over 5,000 candidates had so far been registered for the examination in the centre.
He said that the exercise had been hitch-free, adding that it was made possible by what he described as ‘excellent network flow’.
“We are indeed happy with the way the registration has been going, compared to our experience the year before.
“It may interest you to know that we do not less than 150 registration per day; it is very encouraging just as we are happy with all the arrangements put on ground by the board.
“On our part, we are fully set for the mock and the examination proper, as all our backup equipment, including our CCTV cameras, are up-to-date and fully functional.
“This is in a bid to ensure that the examination turns out a huge success,’’ he said.
At Ha-Shem Academy Ltd., off Iwaya Road in Yaba, also visited by Ndukwe, the Manager, Mrs Marie Akpenyi, also lauded the efforts put in place by the board to ensure success of the UTME.
According to her, the registration of candidates this year has been smooth as occasional challenges are quickly rectified.
Some of the candidates interviewed at the centres said that they registered with ease, adding that they hardly spent 10 minutes in the process.
NAN reports that the registration, which began on Jan. 10, will close on Feb. 21.