9th February, 2018
The Joint Admissions and Matriculation Board (JAMB) says about 1.6 million registration documents for the 2018 Unified Tertiary Matriculation Examination (UTME) have so far been sold with two days to end the exercise.
The board’s Head, Media and Information, Dr Fabian Benjamin, made the disclosure in an interview with the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) on Friday in Lagos.
The board commenced the sales of the document on Dec. 6, 2017, and had said it would close on Feb. 6.
However, the board’s Registrar, Prof. Is’haq Oloyede, on Feb. 6, announced extension of the documents sales to Feb. 11, in attempt to accommodate candidates who failed to register within the two months window.
According to Benjamin, this year’s registration for the examination has proven to be one of the best in recent times.
“As at the close of work on Thursday, I can comfortably say that we have registered close to 1.6 million candidates for the examination.
“This year’s registration too can be adjudged as one of the best in recent times as it has been smooth, hitch and rancour-free.
“Having said this though, the board will like to warn that there may be no more extension of period of registration for candidates in our future examinations.
“This is because some mischievous persons may want to seize the opportunity of the lengthy period of registration to carry out infractions that could undermine the integrity of the examination,’’ he told NAN.
“We are seriously considering reducing the registration period to about one month.
“We no longer want to give fraudsters the opportunity to deploy all kinds of tricks into the process.
“Imagine a situation whereby in a whole month, less than 10 per cent registered until when we started approaching the last lap of the exercise.’’
No date has been fixed for the much anticipated mock UTME with the main examination temporarily scheduled for March 9 to March 17.