A file photo of candidates at a UTME centre.
The Joint Admission and Matriculation Board (JAMB) has ruled out the possibility of a further extension of the registration period for the 2021 Unified Tertiary Matriculation Examination (UTME).
In its latest bulletin published on Monday, it explained that the decision became necessary in view of the limited time available to conduct the examination.
“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 participate in the 2021 registration exercise,” it said.
JAMB had announced a two-week extension of the registration period on May 15 following a meeting with critical stakeholders, in response to the pressure from individuals and groups.
It, however, regretted that the number of registrants from the time of extension fell drastically until towards the new closing date.
On the new closing day (May 29), 1,383,420 candidates had procured the PIN for registration and 1,375,694 of the total figure had completed their registration.
“Despite this, there were still 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).
“While very few of such excuses have been found to be genuine, a large number is traceable to fraudsters who are hell-bent in subverting the system and bypassing the well thought out decision of the Federal Government to make NIN a requirement for JAMB registration,” the examination body said.
Consequently, it asked all prospective candidates with genuine proof of failed efforts to register before the closing date to visit any of its offices, JAMB-owned Professional Test Centres (PTCs) for help between May 31 and June 15.
Steps to be taken by the affected candidates are listed below:
Obtain at no cost, and complete a Form which is being made available to candidates with genuine reasons for missing the registration;
Submit (for the Reading Test and the Application), a certified Bank Draft of N4,000 only in favour 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 collection;
Collect a copy of the Reading Test;
Await further directives through the registered phone number and public service announcement