Reps, JAMB Clash Over UTME Registration Deadline. The House of Representatives, has demanded an extension of the one month duration for ongoing Unified Tertiary Matriculation Examinations, UTME, registration. The demand for the extension was part of the resolution contained in the motion sponsored by Danburam Abubakar Nuhu (APC, Kano).
The House, while deliberating on a motion titled, “Need to Extend Unified Tertiary Matriculation Examinations (UTME) Registration and Exercise of Safety Measures During the Examinations by Joint Admissions and Matriculation Board (JAMB),” mandated its Committee on Basic Education to direct JAMB to extend the one month deadline by at least another month, for the registration of candidates for the UTME in order to create more space for prospective applicants.
It said due to the myriad of challenges prospective applicants faced, the one month period set aside by JAMB should be extended by another one month. The House also urged JAMB to deploy safety equipment at each registration centre to forestall any incident of stampede due to overcrowding.
The lawmakers further urged JAMB to specify the requirements, including safety measures, which qualified any centre to participate in the conduct of the UTME computer-based test.
Nuhu in the motion said the 1.6 million applicants that registered for the UTME in 2016 might hit two million this year, given the growing number of applicants.
“Some of the approved centres are registering 250 applicants at a time and most of them are not spacious, do not have adequate number of computers and computers, some of which have naked wires exposed and are haphazardly arranged on ordinary planks, thus lacking in safety requirement in case of an emergency,” he said.
The House of Representatives has summoned the Registrar of Joint Admission Matriculation Board (JAMB) Prof. Ishiaq Oloyede over the cumbersome registration processes faced by prospective candidates in forthcoming Unified Tertiary Matriculation Examination (UTME).
The House particularly seeks to understand how prospective candidates in the rural communities will successfully register and participate in the examination. The House seeks to know the safety measures adopted during the process. The committee is expected to report back to the House within one week.
Meanwhile, JAMB spokesman, Fabian Benjamin, has ruled out the possibility of extending the ongoing registration for the 2017 Unified Tertiary Matriculation Examination (UTME), which is currently dogged by logistic situation. It said it would work towards rectifying identified lapses. He expressed hope that before the deadline for the end of registration, all prospective candidates would have concluded their registration exercise.
“Large numbers of applicants seeking to register for UTME go to the banks allocated for the exercise, that is why there seems to be some form of delays and irregularities.
“Before, we used three banks and now it is 15 banks because the period is short,” he said.