- JAMB has reacted to the drop in the revenue made from the sale of forms for the 2021 UTME and Direct Entry exams
- The examination board attributed the drop to the introduction of the National Identification Number (NIN) requirement
- In 2021, JAMB generated N5,887,628,900 from the sale of forms for UTME/DE compared to the N6,563,086,710 the board made in 2020
FCT, Abuja - The Joint Admissions and Matriculation Board (JAMB) has recorded lower revenue from the sale of forms for the 2021 Unified Tertiary and Matriculation Examinations (UTME) and the Direct Entry (DE).
The introduction of the use of the National Identification Number (NIN) for registration has been identified as the factor responsible for the drop in revenue.
JAMB's spokesman, Dr. Fabian Benjamin disclosed this in an interview with The Punch on Sunday, June 20, saying candidates between 1.3 million and 1.4 million registered for the exam this year.
According to him, over two million candidates registered for both the UTME and DE last year. It was gathered that the introduction of NIN made it impossible for some prospective candidates to register which equally led to the reduction in the number of registered candidates and the proceeds generated.
JAMB generated N5,887,628,900 from the sale of forms for the 2021 UTME/DE which is lower than N6,563,086,710 which was made in 2020.
JAMB introduces NIN for 2021 UTME registration
Legit.ng had earlier reported that the exam board explained why it introduced the use of NIN for the registration of the 2021 UTME.
The registrar of JAMB on Friday, March 26, said the new policy will help checkmate examination malpractices.
Speaking at a virtual meeting with owners of Computer Based Test Centres and service providers, Oloyede further disclosed that the use of NIN for the UTME was also for security reasons.
JAMB releases results of mock exam
Earlier, JAMB released the results of its UTME mock exam conducted on Thursday, June 3, 2021, across the country.
This was contained in a statement issued by JAMB's director of press and public relations on Wednesday, June 16.
Benjamin directed those who participated in the mock exam to visit the board's website to check their results.