The Joint Admission and Matriculation Board (JAMB), on Friday, stated that the earlier scheduled date for the conduct of the 2021 Unified Tertiary Matriculation Examination (UTME) may be shifted.
JAMB registrar, Prof. Ishaq Oloyede, made this known during a virtual meeting with the 2021 UTME Committee Members on Friday, adding that over 600,000 prospective candidates who have indicated interest to participate in the 2021 UTME, have been faced with difficulty with registration due to the challenges associated with National Identity Number (NIN) used for the registration.
“The possibility of shifting the exam forward is still high, but that will be determined after our meeting with stakeholders. This is because about 6000 candidates who have indicated an interest in the exam are yet to register. There is a need to give everyone the opportunity,” he said.
The registrar told news men that the examination is likely to hold between June 5 and 19 2021 while also disclosing that 1.1 million candidates have registered for the 2021 UTME and that the board however anticipates approximately 1.9 million registrations at the end of the exercise.
Oloyede who stated that although 50 per cent of candidates have successfully registered , said it was also important to carry everyone along.
He further said that the outcome of the meeting with stakeholders would determine whether or not the examination would be shifted.
The JAMB Prof. apologised for the problems faced by the candidates, stating that it was not meant to punish them but rather to expose candidates who are engaged in the habit of examination malpractices.
He said “we apologize for putting you through some hardship in the registration. The government directed that anyone participating in JAMB must have their NIN. This is beyond our control. Those who are yet to register should do so.
“The MOCK exam is bill to come up on Thursday. It is an exam meant to test out capability. As you all know, the main exam is coming up on June 5 and 19 2021.
“We are meeting with stakeholders today to discuss the issues and on whether we will shift the exam date forward or not. We will brief the media on the outcome of the meeting tomorrow.
“Shifting the exam date is not the solution, at the meeting we will discuss how some of the problems encountered by candidates would be resolved. It is important that we carry everyone along,” he added.