JAMB begins sale of UTME forms March 20

The Joint Admissions and
Matriculation Board has said the sale
of the 2017/2018 Unified Tertiary
Matriculation Examination forms will
commence on March 20 and end on
April 19.
The body added that an optional
mock examination had been slated
for April 10.
The JAMB Registrar/Chief Executive
Officer, Prof. Ishaq Oloyede, who
also stated that the UTME would
commence on May 6, made the
announcements on Monday during an
interactive session with Computer-
Based-Test centre operators in Lagos.
Oloyede said the board opted for a
one-month registration window as
against the usual three-month period
in the past, “to eliminate all the ills
associated with long registration
process.’’
He added that 600 CBT centres had
been accredited across the country.
Oloyede said, “UTME 2017
examination starts May 6 till May 20,
2017 (excluding May 12, 2017
because of candidates sitting WAEC’s
Further Mathematics examination).
Sale of forms ends on Wednesday,
April 19, 2017 while the registration
portal closes on Saturday, April 22,
2017.
“For direct entry candidates, the
application will be on sale from
Sunday, April 23, 2017. Once a
candidate creates a profile on his
mobile phone, an e-syllabus and
brochure is sent to his or her mail.
This is even before paying the
N5,000 cost of the UTME form. For
candidates who choose to sit the
April 8 mock examination, they are
not required to pay to JAMB.
“We are not charging a fee for that.
But, they will be required to pay
N700 at the CBT examination centre
on that day. It is at that point that a
candidate will pay. We have also said
that there should not be cash
transactions except in the banks.’’
Oloyede also said that JAMB would
conduct a residential training for
blind candidates to train them on
how to use Braille machines during
examinations. He added that the
training, which would hold this year,
was meant for final year blind
applicants.
He called on state governments to
equip UTME centres with Braille
machines.
JAMB had in February announced that
it had completed a joint timetable
with WAEC and the National
Examination Council to avoid clashing
examination dates.
The restructuring exercise, it had
said, would allow for only one choice
of public university in which new
registration platform would be first
choice, second choice, third choice
and fourth choice and not most
preferred or preferred choice.
The spokesperson for JAMB, Dr.
Fabian Benjamin, had said the agency
had taken time to add value to its
services to Nigerians.
He said, “We have designed a Central
Admissions Processing System where
JAMB will interface with the
institutions and ensure the
compliance of this reform. The
summary is that no candidate will be
admitted with awaiting result.
Candidates and their parents are also
to note that JAMB has restructured
the registration platform to allow for
only one choice of public university.
The new registration platform will
now be first choice, second choice,
third choice and fourth choice and
not most preferred, preferred etc as
it was.

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