JAMB Extends Registration Deadline For 2017 UTME

The Joint Admissions and Matriculation Board (JAMB), has announced an extension of the registration for the 2017 Unified Tertiary Matriculation Examination (UTME).

The JAMB registrar, Professor Ishaq Oloyede, made this known while addressing a news conference in Abuja. He also spoke on the mock examination earlier scheduled to hold on Saturday and the need for the extension.

“The Joint Admissions and Matriculation Board (JAMB), wishes to apologise to candidates and other stakeholders on the fact that we could not go on as planned with the mock examination.

“We are hereby announcing the extension of the registration exercise of the 2017 UTME. Instead of the earlier announced April 19, the deadline for the sale of forms and registrations will now extend to Friday May 5 2017.

“Consequently, the 2017 UTME, the examination proper, has also been postponed to start from Saturday 13th to 20th of May 2017. Meanwhile, the mock examinations earlier slated for April 8, 2017 has been put on hold and the new date will be announced soon.”

The development follows a call by the House of Representatives for a one-month extension to the deadline given to candidates.

The call was made in view of the difficulties being faced by some prospective candidates of the UTME in the process of registration, who had complained of inadequate bank staff to issue registration pins.

Professor Oloyede, had on the other hand, attributed the current challenges being faced by applicants across registration centres to the uncooperative posture of some centres.

The board had innovated a contemporary sale of application method, which led to the elimination of scratch cards.

It also adopted a cost saving procedure, the ‘PIN Vending System’, which is said to be a secured system that has redressed the sharp practices associated with the use of scratch cards.

With the development, prospective candidates seeking to write the UTME can now heave a sigh of relief.

House Calls For Extension Of JAMB Registration

House Calls For Extension Of JAMB RegistrationThe House of Representatives has called for a one-month extension to the deadline given to candidates to register for the Unified Tertiary Matriculation Examination (UTME).

The call was made in view of the difficulties being faced by some prospective candidates of the UTME in the process of registration, with the House Committee on Basic Education summoning the JAMB Registrar to appear before it for explanation on some of the issues.

The lawmakers also asked the Joint Admissions and Matriculation Board (JAMB) to deploy safety equipment at each examination centre, to avoid stampede due to overcrowding.

Some prospective candidates raised concern on difficulty to complete their registration, even as the April 20 deadline for registration exercise draws nearer.

The candidates, while speaking to Channels Television at the Jamb Zonal Office in Benin City, the Edo State Capital, urged the management of the Board to make more facilities and personnel available, in order to ease the stress of registration.

Students Lament Difficulty In JAMB Registration

Applicants of the Unified Tertiary Matriculation Examination (UTME) of the Joint Admission and Matriculations Board (JAMB), are appealing to the management to make the process less cumbersome.

This according to them is to enable as many of them register before the deadline.

The students who made this appeal at the JAMB zonal office in Benin City, the Edo state Capital, complained of inadequate bank staff to issue registration pins.

Speaking to Channels Television, one of the students narrated their plight, saying that although the board is expected to work with four banks in order to ease the process, on getting to the banks, they were turned back on grounds of non-availability of pins.

students on long queues at the JAMB office to resolve the issues.

The complaints follow the recent introduced of new rules and guidelines which are expected to eliminate fraudulent practices in the system ahead of the 2017 UTME exams.

The Board innovated a contemporary sale of application method, which led to the elimination of scratch cards.

It also adopted a cost saving procedure, the ‘PIN Vending System’ which is said to be a secured system that has redressed the sharp practices associated with the use of scratch cards.

In response to the situation, the Acting Zonal Coordinator, Mr Oseme Ilu, said the problem stems from the Vending system which is currently being fixed.

Post UTME Should Be Optional – Professor Badejo

Professor Tola BadejoThe former Vice Chancellor of Wesley University, Professor Tola Badejo, has advised the Federal Government to make the post Unified Tertiary Matriculation Examination (UTME) optional.

He gave the advice on Monday while voicing his opinion on the government’s announcement of the scrapping of the examination conducted by tertiary institutions in Nigeria for applicants seeking admission into various schools.

“Make It Optional”
Speaking on Sunrise Daily, he maintained that authorities of various institutions should be allowed to decide how to accept candidates.

“Why should you tell somebody not to organise a screening when before you leave any University, you have to be found competent in character and learning.

“If I have to do that, why should someone tell me not to interview every candidate?” the university don questioned.

Professor Badejo cited instances where he was able to discover students with potential criminal traits during interview, stressing that government should “make it optional”.

In his earlier address at the 2016 Policy Meeting of the Joint Admission and Matriculation Board (JAMB), the Minister of Education, Mr Adamu Adamu, affirmed that universities could screen candidates admitted by JAMB, but warned against students being subjected to a second written examination.

“As far as I am concerned, the nation has confidence in what JAMB is doing. The universities should not be holding another examination and if the universities have any complain against JAMB, let them bring it and then we will address it,” he said.