JAMB Register 1.6m Candidates for 2018 UTME.
The Joint Admissions and Matriculation Board (JAMB) has registered about 1.6 million candidates for the 2018 Unified Tertiary Matriculation Examination (UTME), as registration ends in few days.
According to JAMB’s Head of Media and Information, Dr Fabian Benjamin, who made the disclosure in an interview on Friday in Lagos, the board commenced the sales of the document on December 6, 2017, and had said it would close on February 11, 2018.
Benjamin said this year’s registration for the examination has proven to be one of the best in recent times.
“As at the close of work on Thursday, I can comfortably say that we have registered close to 1.6 million candidates for the examination.
“This year’s registration too can be adjudged as one of the best in recent times as it has been smooth, hitch and rancour-free.
“Having said this though, the board will like to warn that there may be no more extension of period of registration for candidates in our future examinations.
“This is because some mischievous persons may want to seize the opportunity of the lengthy period of registration to carry out infractions that could undermine the integrity of the examination,’’.
“We are seriously considering reducing the registration period to about one month.
“We no longer want to give fraudsters the opportunity to deploy all kinds of tricks into the process.
“Imagine a situation whereby in a whole month, less than 10 per cent registered until when we started approaching the last lap of the exercise.’’
Reports have it that no date has been fixed for the much anticipated mock UTME with the main examination temporarily scheduled for March 9 to March 17. (NAN)