The Joint Admission Admission and Matriculation Board has extended registration for it’s 2021 Unified Tertiary Examination by two weeks.
The annual examination which was slated for June 5 to June 19, is now set to hold from June 19 to July 3.
The UTME is a computer based standardized examination for prospectives undergraduate who are seeking admission into any Tertiary institutions in the country.
The Registrar of Joint Admission and Matriculation Board, Prof Ishaq Oloyede, disclosed this at an ongoing press conference in Abuja on May 15.
The registrar also announced that there is a two weeks extension of registration for the examination. The registration exercise would now end on May 29.
Prof. Oloyede had earlier given a hint that there would be a postponement of the exams to allow other applicants who are yet to complete their registration process because of NIN to do that. He stated that the JAMB wanted to carry all candidates and applicants along.
He made this statement on Friday, May 14 at a zoom meeting with stakeholders when he disclosed that about 600,000 applicants are still get to register. He further stated that out of the 1.9 million candidates expected to take part in the exam, only 1.2 have registered.
He also disclosed that the difficulty experienced by some of the candidates formed it’s decision to move for a postponement of the exam.
He however stated that the Mock Exam which is slated for Thursday,May 20 would still hold.
JAMB had introduced the NIN method in order to curb examination malpractice. Candidates are required to provide their National Identification Number (NIN) at the point of registration. This method also applied to Direct Entry candidates as registration by Direct Entry candidates would be run concurrently with that of UTME candidates.
JAMB had also earlier banned the use of email by candidates for the UTME and Direct Entry examinations at the point of registration to protect candidates from engaging in various forms of manipulation and distortion of their personal details by some fraudulent cyber cafe operators.