THE management of Joint Admissions and Matriculation Board (JAMB), has shifted the registration for the 2017 Unified Tertiary Matriculation Examination (UTME) to Friday May 5, 2017.
The JAMB registrar, Professor Ishaq Oloyede, unearthed this on Saturday while addressing a news conference in Abuja. He also stressed on the mock examination earlier scheduled to hold on Saturday and the need for the extension.
The JAMB boss statement reads, ” the Joint Admissions and Matriculation Board (JAMB), wishes to apologise to candidates and other stakeholders on the fact that we could not go on as planned with the mock examination.
“We are hereby announcing the extension of the registration exercise of the 2017 UTME. Instead of the earlier announced April 19, the deadline for the sale of forms and registrations will now extend to Friday May 5 2017.
“Consequently, the 2017 UTME, the examination proper, has also been postponed to start from Saturday 13th to 20th of May 2017. Meanwhile, the mock examinations earlier slated for April 8, 2017 has been put on hold and the new date will be announced soon”.
Our checks revealed that this development follows a call by the House of Representatives for a one month extension to the deadline given to candidates which was made in view of the challenges being encountered by some prospective candidates in the process of registration, who had earlier complained of inadequate bank staff to issue registration pins.
Professor Oloyede, also ascribed the current difficulties being faced by applicants across registration centres to the uncooperative posture of some centres.
JAMB had innovated a contemporary sale of application method, which led to the elimination of scratch cards.
In a similar manner , it has adopted a cost saving procedure, the ‘PIN Vending System’, averring to be a secured system that has curtailed the sharp practices associated with the use of scratch cards.
With this, prospective candidates can now breathe a sigh of relief .
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