The Joint Admissions and Matriculation Board (JAMB) says it will no longer extend the closing date of registration for the 2021 Unified Tertiary Matriculation Examination (UTME) and Direct Entry (DE).
NAN reports that the board made the announcement in its weekly bulletin on Monday.
The board had earlier extended the exercise from the initial closing date of May 15 to May 29, to avail candidates who are unable to register with the opportunity to do so.
According to JAMB, in spite of the two-week extension, complaints of candidates’ inability to register persisted.
The complaints received, the board stated, were lateness or non-delivery of National Identity Number (NIN) verification code; inability to obtain NIN; mismatch or wrong names originally submitted to National Identity Management Commission ( NIMC).
The board said while few of the excuses have been found to be genuine, several were traceable to fraudsters whom it alleged were hellbent on subverting the system.
However, JAMB gave another opportunity to those who genuinely tried to register but failed, due to the aforementioned challenges.
Following the expiration of the extension, JAMB says a further period of grace is “not feasible”.
“Due to time constraints within the window available to JAMB on the Annual National Examinations Timetable, further extension of the registration period is not feasible,” JAMB said in the bulletin.
“Nevertheless, the board wants to avail every prospective candidate the opportunity to still participate in the 2021 registration exercise.
“Consequently, all prospective candidates with genuine proof(s) of failed efforts to register before the closing date, should visit any of JAMB’s offices for reconciliation between Monday, May 31, and June 15.
“This offices also include JAMB-owned Professional Test Centres across the country.
“Candidates with genuine reasons for missing the registration are to obtain and complete a form, at no cost.
“They are to submit, for the Reading Test and the Application, a certified Bank Draft of N4,000 only in favour of JAMB and obtain a signed duplicate copy from the office.
“They will also submit the completed form with a recent passport photograph at the same office of collection and collect a copy of the Reading Test.
“Candidates are to wait for further directives through the registered phone number and Public Service Announcement through the NTA Network News as soon as screening is completed.”
JAMB added that 1,383,420 candidates procured the pin for registration, and 1,375,694 have completed their registration as at May 29.
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