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Reps, JAMB Clash Over UTME Registration Deadline

by Bamidele Ogunberu Last updated on April 15th, 2017,

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).

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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.

The Registrar, Prof. Is’hag Oloyede, yesterday in Abeokuta shortly after an inspection tour of JAMB registration centres in the town spoke in the same vein .While acknowledging the logistic challenges, the spokesman, however, said that serious steps were being taken by the board to ensure the regulated platform could help candidates get registered before the end of the month and to prevent irregularities in registration.According to him, it is wrong for any person to also think that there is inadequacy in the number of centres stipulated to register candidates for the UTME.“We have already registered 600,000 candidates since sales of form began March 20, how can there be inadequate centres or lack of manpower when we have more than 400 centres.

“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.

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