JAMB cancels special centres, says registration will not be extended

The Joint Admissions and Matriculation
Board, JAMB, on Sunday said it would not
create any special centre for the 2016 Unified
Tertiary Matriculation Examination, UTME.
The News Agency of Nigeria reports that the
UTME, which will be Computer Base Test
(CBT) mode all through, is expected to begin
on Monday, February 29.
This is contained in a statement signed by the
Head, Media and Information of the board,
Fabian Benjamin.
According to the statement, the attention of
the board was drawn to protests by some
alleged prospective candidates in Edo and
Lagos states over the closure of the board’s
registration portal in preparation to the UTME.
“The board sincerely sympathises with the
plight of these prospective candidates.
“It is indeed the wish of the board that the
Nigerian youth desirous of tertiary education
are given ample opportunity to register for its
examination.
“This is why it began the sale of its
application document in August 2015, which
is about seven months ago.
“In the advertisement for the sale of the
registration documents, the board clearly
stated that the sales would close by January.
“But due to public appeal it extended the
registration process to February,” the
statement read in part.
The board further stated that it could not
allow candidates to register perpetually,
adding that it had a time table and it adheres
strictly to it. It noted that this was to allow
tertiary institutions to begin admission
processes early.
“We all must work to enshrine the culture of
discipline in the system and ensure that
tertiary institutions calendars are not
truncated.
“It is most unfortunate that some candidates
waited until our website was withdrawn before
making attempts to register,” the board
stated.
It noted that every aspiring candidate was
expected to know the procedure as proper
publicity involving the media was done.
More than one million candidates have so far
registered for the examination on the all CBT
platform within and outside the country.
More than 500 centres were also accredited
for the conduct of the examination within and
outside Nigeria.
NAN

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