Possibility Of Shifting 2021 UTME Date Is Very High – JAMB


The possibility of shifting the date for the 2021 Unified Tertiary Matriculation Examination (UTME) is very high, the Joint Admissions and Matriculation Board (JAMB) has said.


JAMB Registrar, Professor Ishaq Oloyede, while speaking at a virtual meeting with 2021 UTME committee members on Friday, said about 600,000 candidates who indicated interest in the exam are yet to register.


The examination is scheduled to hold between June 5 and 19.


According to Oloyede, 1.1 million candidates have so far registered for the 2021 UTME, and the board anticipated approximately 1.9 million registrations at the end of the exercise.


The JAMB boss noted that while 50 per cent of the candidates have already registered without problem, there was a need to carry everyone along.


He said: “The possibility of shifting the exam forward is still high, but that will be determined after our meeting with stakeholders.


“This is because about 600,000 candidates who have indicated interest in the exam are yet to register. There is a need to give everyone the opportunity.”


Oloyede went further to apologise for the new initiatives introduced in the 2021 UTME.


He explained that the process was not to punish candidates but to expose candidates who engage in the habit of indulging in various forms of malpractices.


He called on candidates to take note of the process, adding that the essence was to detect any disparity in the process.


“We apologise for putting you through some hardship in the registration,” he said.

“The government directed that anyone participating in JAMB must have their NIN.


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“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,” he told the meeting.


The JAMB registrar added, “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 further disclosed that JAMB has secured about 802 exam centres across the country and 104 centres in towns.


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