We may postpone 2021 UTME, says JAMB

The Joint Admissions and Matriculation Board ( JAMB) says
it may shift the date for its 2021 Unified Tertiary
Matriculation Examination (UTME ).
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Ishaq Oloyede, the JAMB registrar, spoke at a virtual
meeting with the 2021 UTME committee members on Friday.
He said the board is considering if there is a need to extend
the registration period and consequently change the date
for this year’s exam.
According to him, the development comes on the back of
the inability of at least 600,000 candidates to register for the
examination scheduled to hold between June 5 and 19.
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Oloyede revealed that 1.1 million candidates have so far
registered for the 2021 UTME. He also noted that the
examination body has anticipated approximately 1.9 million
registrations at the end of the exercise.
Oloyede added that the board will decide on whether or not
to postpone the exam at the end of the stakeholder
meeting.
“The possibility of shifting the exam forward is still high, but
that will be determined after our meeting with stakeholders,”
the professor was quoted as saying.
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“This is because about 600,000 candidates who have
indicated an interest in the exam are yet to register. There
is a need to give everyone the opportunity.”
The exam body had mandated that all candidates must
provide their National Identification Number (NIN) as a
criterion for the registration of this year’s UTME.
To register, applicants are expected to text their NIN to
55019 in order to get profile codes that are needed to
purchase UTME e-Pin.
The generation of profile codes has, however, proven
difficult for many of the applicants, delaying their
registration for the exams.

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