The Joint Admission and Matriculation Board (JAMB) on Saturday commenced the 2021 Unified Tertiary Matriculation Examination (UTME) across Nigeria with the first batch of candidates opting for the Computer Based Test (CBT) examination.
According to JAMB, over 1.3 million candidates successfully registered in the examination that is expected to will run till 3rd July, 2021.
Candidates scheduled for the first day converged at various CBT centres across the country alongside their parents and guardians in order to be accredited
JAMB registrar, Prof Ishaq Oloyede, has repeatedly reassured candidates and other stakeholders that adequate plans have been made to ensure seamless exercise
While addressing challenges encountered during the registration exercise, He said the Board remains committed to the credibility of the system, hence it will consider the interest of candidates particularly those having NIN challenges
JAMB Acting Director pointed out that the board would organise a mop-up examination for candidates who had other pending issues that had yet to be resolved and could not write the examination when slated.
He said, “However, a mop-up exam which the date is yet to be announced, will be conducted.’’
The JAMB boss urged parents to allow their wards to handle JAMB registration themselves to ensure a proper registration process and better understanding between their wards and the board.
He said, “One of the challenges we have is that parents don’t allow us to rest. They knock on the JAMB gate every time and when we grant them access they cannot answer the questions we ask. When JAMB requires the profile code of their wards, some of them don’t know it. In fact, we have made it a policy to deal with candidates directly.’’
The acting director noted that JAMB would continue to uphold the standard.