The Joint Admissions and Matriculation Board (JAMB) has hinted that it could extend the registration deadline and shift the date of the 2021 Unified Tertiary Matriculation Examination (UTME) over certain issues.
Professor Ishaq Oloyede, JAMB Registrar, disclosed this at a zoom meeting with the 2021 UTME committee members on Friday,
The UTME had been slated to hold between June 5 and 19.
But Oloyede revealed that the National Identification Number (NIN) – a major requirement for candidates – has been a stumbling block for some of the applicants, noting that about 600,000 of them have been unable to register due to the unavailability of their number.
The JAMB Registrar insisted that there is the need to provide all candidates an equal opportunity, adding that a decision may be made on Saturday (tomorrow).
He said: “Presently, we have 1.2million candidates that have registered but we expect 1.9million. 600,000 candidates had made attempt to register but because of NIN they could not. We want to do an appraisal of all the issues to know if we are extending registration or not.
“Extending registration may not be the solution if we found out that we can give 80 per cent of those who have made attempt another password, then there will be no need to extend registration.
“We have to determine where the problem is coming before we can say we are extending. After today, we will address the press tomorrow on the outcome of the meeting on the main examination date and registration. We want to assess what is happening.”
Oloyede, however, said the mock examination scheduled for 20 May will go on as stipulated.
“The mock exam is billed 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,” he said at the meeting.
The JAMB registrar apologised for the new initiatives introduced in the 2021 UTME, noting that it was not to punish candidates but to expose candidates who engage in the habit of indulging in various forms of malpractices.
The NIN, which is a unique number that identifies individuals in the country, is issued by the National Identity Management Commission (NIMC)