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.
Why JAMB may not extend registration – Board Chairman
The Governing Board Chairman, Joint Admission and Matriculation Board (JAMB), Dr Emmanuel Ndukwe has revealed that the examination body may not extend the registration for prospective candidates willing to write the 2019 examination.
Ndukwe made the disclosure after conducting unscheduled visits to selected JAMB accredited Computer Based Test (CBT) Centres in Lagos.
According to the JAMB Governing Board Chairman, from his observations, the registration of the prospective candidates have so far been seamless and with little or no reported cases of hiccups that may necessitate postponement of the registration period.
“I am indeed impressed with what I have been able to see regarding registration of candidates for this year’s Unified Tertiary Matriculation Examination (UTME). It is seamless and we are happy. What I have seen today has confirm that Prof. Oloyede and his technical team were very right to ban cyber cafes.
“I have interacted with the candidates; they are all happy and satisfied. I must express the satisfaction of the board. How it was last year is not how it is this year, and it will be better next year,” Ndukwe said.
Responding to a question on a possible postponement, the Governing Board Chairman said, ” I don’t foresee an extension. We have to stick to the date we have given to the public. If we start thinking about extension, it doesn’t portray our seriousness. In some of the places we visited, they had many systems but few candidates. Let the candidates out there be mindful of the examination dates. I don’t foresee any extension of dates.”
At the Ha-Shem Academy centre, Iwaya, Lagos, Centre Manager, Marie Akpenyi explained that there has not been any serious challenge with the registration process. She said the prospective candidates have been cooperative on supplying required information. She also explained that the prospective candidates have not been unnecessarily charged.
“Having registered and obtained their pins in banks, we collect the N700 administrative fees. They are expected to have paid the examination fees and bank charge is N4000,” Akpenyi said.
The monitoring team later proceeded to CBT centres at the FCE Technical Akoka and the Electronic Test Centre (eTC), Anthony, Lagos.