-January, 27, 2020,news/comments.
LAGOS-700,000 successful candidates have been so far registered for the 2020 Unified Tertiary Matriculation Examination (UTME) nationwide within two weeks. This was disclosed by the Board’s Head, Media and Information of the Joint Admission Matriculation Board, (JAMB), Dr Fabian Benjamin, when he spoke with the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) in Lagos last night (Sunday). He noted that so far, the process has been smooth and unimaginable turnout from the very first day at the various accredited Computer Based Test (CBT) centres nationwide, He stressed.
“I will like to say we have actually found this exercise very interesting as we have already registered a total of 700, 000 prospective candidates for this year’s Unified Tertiary Matriculation Examination in just 14 days, we have 21 days left to go for this registration exercise and we wish to call on all candidates, to seize the opportunity and register, as there will be no extension”
The image maker said, the Board had identified and blacklisted 41 centres out of the 692 centres used across the Country, and issues such as registration cyber fraud, extortion and technical deficiency was part of the reason why those centres were ought-out, warning parents not to give their wards or children money for bribe, and Schools should not extort money, as such will bring criminal charges if caught. “It has come to the knowledge of the Board that some elite schools are using the name of the Board to extort huge sum of money from parents under the guise that the Board has ordered such payments” he added.
“The Board wishes to make it clear that unlike the West African Examinations Council (WAEC), the National Examinations Council (NECO) and others, the UTME and the Direct Entry (DE) registration and examination exercises are not school-based. “As such, schools have no role whatsoever in the Board’s operational processes. “This is because these exercises require only the participation and engagement of individual candidates. “Consequently, schools that are using the name of the Board to swindle parents of large sum of money for the purpose of registration or other services, are hereby warned to desist forthwith,”
“These affected schools may wish to employ other means to extort gullible parents but certainly such practice should not be at the expense of the Board or its processes”
However,. “Parents are to note that the cost of the UTME forms remains N3,500 for the ePINs and N500 for the reading text and nothing more. “Parents are to ensure that their children do this individually and not as a group. In addition, the CBT centres where the candidates register have been directed not to charge anything above N700 as their service charge” Benjamin reiterated further.
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