The Joint Admissions and Matriculation Board has ruled out any further extension of this year’s Unified Tertiary Matriculation Examination (UTME) registrations.
This was disclosed in a statement released by the board on Monday, May 31, Naija News reports.
According to the examination board, it traced hundreds of individuals seeking an extension to the UTME registration deadline to fraudsters who are hell-bent on subverting and bypassing the decision of the Federal Government to make the National Identification Number a requirement for JAMB registration.
JAMB though acknowledged that the number of registration for this year’s exam fell drastically until towards the new closing date, but said a further extension of the registration period was not feasible.
The Board, however, pointed out that it could only consider candidates with genuine proofs of failed efforts for new extension dates.
The statement titled ‘Issues surrounding the 2021 UTME/DE registration’ read in part: “At the new closing date (29th May 2021), one million, three hundred and eighty-three thousand, four hundred and twenty candidates procured the pin for registration while one million, three hundred and seventy-five thousand, six hundred and ninety-four have completed registration.
“Despite this, there were complaints of inability to register due to lateness or non-delivery of NIN verification code; inability to obtain NIN; mismatch or wrong names originally submitted to NIMC (and different from the ones being used for the JAMB registration) etc.
“While very few of such excuses have been found to be genuine, a large number is traceable to fraudsters who are hell-bent on subverting the system and bypassing the well thought out decision of the Federal Government to make NIN a requirement for JAMB registration.
“Due to time constraints within the window available to JAMB on the Annual National Examinations Timetable, further extension of the registration period is not feasible.
“Nevertheless, the board is desirous of availing every prospective candidate the opportunity to still try to participate in the 2021 registration exercise.”
The statement reiterated that only candidates with genuine proof(s) of failed efforts to register before the closing date will be allowed at any JAMB offices which includes JAMB owned professional Test Centres to between Monday 31st May and 15th June 2021 to obtain forms that are being made available to candidates who missed out on registration with genuine reasons at no cost.
The statement added: “Submit (for reading test and application) a certified bank draft of N4,000 only in Favor of the Joint Admissions and Matriculation Board- JAMB and obtain a signed duplicate copy from the office).
“Submit the completed form with a recent passport photograph at the same office of the collection; Collect a copy of the reading test; Await further directives through the registered phone number and public service announcement through 9 pm NTA network NEWS as soon as the screening is completed.
The Board further reiterated its decision on the requirement of NIN in the registration process and issued stern warnings to the public.
“There is no registration for 2021 UTME/DE without a properly obtained NIN which has to be verified/validated by NIMC
“Anyone who submits another application after having successfully registered during the earlier registration period will have the two attempts disqualified.
“Any false claim will attract severe sanctions, including forfeiture of the deposited bank draft, cancellation of application, prosecutions, etc.
“Due to the fact that some parents and school proprietors have been found to mislead candidates for illicit gains and personal aggrandizement, the Board advises all to allow each candidate to personally go through the process.
“JAMB does not tolerate the involvement of any third party or group in the registration process,” the board warned.