THE deadline for the sale of registration form for this year- unified tertiary matriculation examination (UTME) has been fixed as February 6.
This is coming from the Joint Admissions and Matriculation Board (JAMB).
Its registrar, Prof. Is-haq Oloyede, stated this at a meeting on strategic planning, supervision and evaluation of the conduct of 2018 unified tertiary matriculation examination (UTME) in Abuja Tuesday.
He said only 283,319 candidates had registered for the examination.
According to him, the figures being paraded as qualified candidates to write its examination was not true.
The board also fixed March 9 to17 for the conduct of the UTME in 620 computer based test centres across the country.
-Because of the criticisms that trailed the sale of entry form for a month in the past years, the board has decided to earmark two months so that every willing candidate will be able to purchase, fill and submit the forms.
-We opened entry from December 6, 2017 to February 6, 2018, but one month later, only less than a quarter of the two million candidates expected for the examination this year have registered”
Prof. Oloyede said its mock examination slated for January 22 would now hold in first week of February.
He blamed the shift of the mock examination on the strike embarked on by members of NASU, noting that the strike made the CBT centres in affected tertiary institutions not available for accreditation.
The JAMB registrar also banned the use of wristwatches, biros, pencils and other devices from the examination hall stating that the ban affects both candidates and examination officials.
-Scanned pictures of candidates are no longer accepted for registration, except live capture at the accredited CBT Centres as part of the Registration Procedure. Furthermore, candidates” pictures will be embossed on all candidates” documents generated by JAMB henceforth,” he said.
The registrar also disclosed that Minister of Education Malam Adamu Adamu has queried 42 institutions for charging candidates more than N2000 for their post-UTME.