The Joint Admissions and Matriculation Board (JAMB) may conduct a second unified UTME Tertiary Matriculation Examination in 2021 for candidates with genuine registration challenges
This was announced by the Registrar of the Board of Directors, Prof. Ishaq Oloyede, in Lagos on Wednesday as he oversees profiles of candidates facing the challenge of enrolling at UTME in 2021.
“So far we have only 17,758 challenging candidates profiled across the country.
“At the end of the whole exercise, we may need to do another check for those who have real cases as the main UTME is scheduled for June 19 to July 3,” the JAMB official said.
He reiterated the Board’s commitment to ensuring that every Nigerian student who aspires to higher education is provided with equal opportunities.
“Since I came here this morning and talked to the candidates, I’ve found that most of them are mostly reckless and basically the cause of most of their challenges.
“We keep hearing flimsy excuses such as my lesson teacher used his phone to generate the profile code, our tutorial centre helped us to register and I was not in town.
“Other reasons advanced are: I used my mother’s NIN to generate my profile code, my mummy did the registration for me,” he said.
According to the registrar, some candidates are honest enough to say they don’t have the money to obtain the UTME form.
“We also saw cases where the candidate did not send the NIN to 55019 but sent it to 55012 while others sent the same order using a prepaid phone instead of a prepaid one,” he said.
More than 500,000 candidates said they could not register for the exam before the May 15 deadline. JAMB then extended registration until May 29.
Applicants said they were unable to generate an profile code and were having trouble getting a National Identification Number (NIN).
JAMB insists that no candidate can take the exam without providing their NIN.
After the challenge, the board gives them two weeks to file a complaint with their office or registration center and get assistance.
Oloyede then contacted journalist and urged the state ministry of education to organize the operation of a training center to save the education sector from destruction.
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