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JAMB 2021 : Tendency for UTME to be postponed

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There is probably that the 2021 UTME would be postponed.

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The registrar of the Joint Admission and Matriculation Board (JAMB), Professor Ishaq Oloyede, has disclosed that there is a possibility of the board to put off the 2021 Unified Tertiary Matriculation Examination (UTME) which is slated for June 5 and 19.

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He stated this on Friday, May 14, during a virtual meeting with relevant stakeholders ahead of the examination. The Prof attributed it to the difficulties being experienced by the candidates in their bid to register. He said about 600,000 candidates who have indicated interest to participate in the 2021 UTME are yet to register.

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He said:

“We are here to commend you and also to apologise to you for putting you through some hardships, especially in your efforts to register. Most of these things are outside our purview. They have to do with government policies and we have little or no control over them.

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While the mock examination will go in as scheduled we cannot say the same of the main examination. This is primarily because of NIN. We have more than 600,000 candidates who have indicated interest in our examination but are yet to receive their details.

The possibility of shifting the exam forward is still high but that will be determined after our meeting with stakeholders. This is because about 600,009 candidates who have indicated interest in the exam are yet to register. There is need to give everyone the opportunity”.

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Further speaking, Oloyede stated that only 1.1 million candidates have registered for the exam. He added that the board expects approximately 1.9 million applicants at the end of the exercise.

Addressing the issue of registration, he stated that even though 50 percent of candidates have registered without problem, there was a need to carry everyone along, adding that is meeting with the stakeholders will determine the outcome, whether the exam should be shifted forward or not. He further revealed that the board’s main concern is not to shift the exams but to address the problems many candidates were experiencing, as they intend to carry all candidates and applicants along.

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He further insisted that the mock examination which is slated for May 20 will still hold.

He said,

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“We apologise for putting you through some hardships in the registration. The government directed that anyone participating in JAMB must have their NIN. This is beyond our control. Those who are yet to register should do so.

The mock exam is billed to come up on Thursday. It is an exam meant to test our capability. As you all know, the main exam is coming up on June 5 and 19, 2021.

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We are meeting with stakeholders today to discuss about the issues and on whether we will shift the r am date forward or not. We will brief the media on the outcome of the meeting tomorrow (Saturday 15, May).

Shifting the exam date is not the solution, at the meeting we will discuss on how some of the problems encountered by candidates would be resolved. It is important that we carry everyone along”.

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