- Ishaq Oloyede, the registrar of JAMB, has said that the 2021 UTME may be postponed
- Oloyede made this disclosure on Friday, May 14, in Abuja, the nation's capital
- According to him, the shifting of the date would enable the applicants to register for the examination
The Joint Admissions and Matriculation Board (JAMB) has said that the possibility of shifting the date for the 2021 Unified Tertiary Matriculation Examination (UTME) is very high.
Channels TV reports that the JAMB registrar, Prof. Ishaq Oloyede, explained that this was because of the inability of at least 600,000 candidates who have indicated interest to participate, to register for the examination scheduled to hold between June 5 and 19.
Legit.ng gathered that while speaking at a virtual meeting with 2021 UTME committee members on Friday, May 14, he disclosed that 1.1 million candidates have so far registered for the 2021 UTME.
He stressed that the board anticipated approximately 1.9 million registrations at the end of the exercise.
Oloyede noted that while 50% of the candidates have already registered without problem, there was a need to carry everyone along.
The examination body, which is responsible for the conduct of the entrance examination into the nation’s tertiary institutions, had directed candidates to provide two pictures in the exam script.
The Nation also reports that Oloyede apologised for the new initiatives introduced in the 2021 UTME, noting that it was not to punish candidates but to expose those who engage in the habit of indulging in various forms of malpractices.
The JAMB boss added that he is meeting with stakeholders to discuss whether the commission would shift the exam date forward or not.
Meanwhile, Legit.ng had previously reported that the National Information Management Commission (NIMC) came up with an initiative that would make the UTME and Direct Entry (DE) registration hitch-free.
It was reported that the applicants who have not received a profile code for their UTME/DE registration are expected to follow four basic steps to address the issue.
In a related report, JAMB added more measures for the registration process in its ongoing UTME and DE in its efforts to protect prospective candidates from being swindled by fraudsters.
This was contained in a statement issued on Thursday, April 22, by the board's head, public affairs and protocol, Fabian Benjamin.