Despite low turnout of UTME candidates, we wouldn’t extend the date – JAMB Registrar vows

Despite low turnout of UTME candidates, we wouldn’t extend the date - JAMB Registrar vows

JAMB has expressed worry on the low turnout of candidates over UTME Registration in the ongoing registration for the 2022 Unified Tertiary Matriculation Examination.

JAMB registrar, Prof Is-haq Oloyede, while inspecting the conduct of the registration process on Saturday in Kano State, said several Computer-Based Testcentres in the state witnessed low turnouts of candidates.

“We are worried because, towards the end of the exercise, you will see people clamouring for an extension when they have the opportunity to register on time,” he said.

Oloyede also noted that the board could register 100,000 candidates per day nationwide.

“I went round CBT centres here in Kano, and there was a centre where there is only one candidate in the centre, that centre can register 20 candidates simultaneously.

“And here, you can see where we have about 20 registration points; you see a few numbers of candidates.

“We are not going to extend the period of the registration beyond March 26,” he added.

While appealing to the media to assist sensitising candidates in registering, Oloyede reiterated that “it will not be possible for us to extend. And so far, we have registered about 1.41 million candidates”.

Matters Arising earlier reported that, the candidates for 2022 Unified Tertiary Matriculation Examination (UTME) has been subjected to hardship as new JAMB registration gives room for some individuals to extorts applicants

JAMBites who bemoaned their inability to register, following the Joint Admissions and Matriculation Board’s (JAMB) insistence on National Identity Number (NIN) as mandatory, more hardship has been added to their registration predicament.

They alleged that with NIN requirement, the board has forced them to go through difficulties like extortion, long queues in scorching weather, non-adherence to COVID-19 protocols and other unwholesome practices devoid of ethics to enable them register.

Others lamented that even with NIN, they could not complete the first stage of application process.

Reports showed that the code provided by JAMB for authenticating applicants’ NIN after they have sent messages responded with error, denoting that their NIN is invalid instead of generating “profile codes.”

A profile code enables applicants visit accredited Computer Based Centres (CBT) to complete registration.

However people with NIN who tried generating the profile code gets the result of “no profile found” and the worst thing is that each sms sent is about 50 naira.

Read Also >> How new JAMB registration method subjects Jambites to hardship and extortion – Report

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