JAMB chairman: UTME deadline may not be extended

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Chairman of Governing Board, Joint Admissions and Matriculation Board ( JAMB ), Dr Emmanuel Ndukwe, has said he does not foresee an extension of the registration for the 2019 Unified Tertiary Matriculation Examination (UTME) beyond February 21 deadline. Speaking while monitoring the ongoing registration of candidates in some Computer Based Test (CBT) Centres in Lagos on Friday, which he described as seamless, Ndukwe urged candidates planning to take the 2019 UTME to do so now while there is no pressure at the Centres. ” I don’t foresee an extension. We have to stick to the date we have given to the public. If we start now thinking about extension, it doesn’t portray our seriousness. Some of the places we visited had many systems but few candidates. Let the candidates out there be mindful of the examination dates. I don’t foresee any extension of dates,” he said. Ndukwe expressed satisfaction with what he saw at the Ha-Shem Academy centre, Iwaya, FCE Technical Akoka centre, and the Electronic Test Centre (ETC), Anthony, where he interacted with the centre managers and candidates. “It is seamless and we are happy. What I have seen today has confirmed that Prof Oloyede and his technical team were very right to ban cyber cafes. I have interacted with the candidates; they are all happy and satisfied. I must express the satisfaction of the board. How it was last year is not how it is this year and will be better next year,” he said. Read Also: UTME: JAMB suspends CBT centres In all the centres, none was found charging more than the official fee of the examination, N3,500 in addition to N500 for the literature text, Sweet Sixteen, to be used for the examination, and N700 charged by the CBT Centres for registration. Ndukwe said any centre involved in sharp practices would be sanctioned. He said JAMB was right to have banned Cyber cafes because of the irregularities they engaged in. “We found out that most of the fraudulent things that happened took place in cyber cafes and that was why we banned Cyber cafes. Right now, any centre that we find that is not complying would be sanctioned. When you sanction one or two centres, others would sit up. So far we have not heard any complaints emanating from the previous practices associated with cafes, especially overcharging candidates. We are very strict about it. &

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