The mandatory National Indentification Number, NIN registration for 2021 JAMB candidates has made it impossible for over 600,000 candidates to register for Joint Admission and Matriculation Board, JAMB.
With this new development, the examination body is already considering shifting the date for the examinations. Hence, the registration exercise has been extended. That is good news for many candidates who still have intentions of enrolling for the examination.
Joint Admission and Matriculation Board, JAMB Registrar Prof. Ishaq Oloyede, made this known in a virtual meeting with UTME committee members on Friday stating that over 600,000 candidates were yet to register.
According to Oloyede, 1.1 million candidates had registered for the examination and they expect about 1. 9 million candidates after the exercise. He said, “the delay was due to the challenges associated with registering for the National Indentification Number, NIN registration.
He further 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 6000 candidates who have indicated an interest in the exam are yet to register. There is a need to give everyone the opportunity,”
The JAMB boss went on to say the series of new initiatives by the body was not meant to deliberate stress the candidates but only an attempt to curtail malpractices and other anomalies associated with the examination in the past. He said, “we apologise for putting you through some hardship in the registration. The government directed that anyone participating in JAMB must have their NIN. This is beyond our control. Those who are yet to register should do so.
However, Joint Admissions and Matriculation Board, JAMB has announced a new date for the 2021 Unified Tertiary Matriculation Examination, UTME.
Registrar of JAMB, Prof Is-haq Oloyede, announced that the examination would now hold from June 19 to July 3.
He also said 2021 Mock earlier scheduled for May 20 would now hold on June 3.
He said the deadline for registration has been extended by two weeks.
With this, the registration exercise will now end on May 29.
“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 added.
It is advisable for all JAMB candidates to be at alert and keep their fingers crossed for any information regarding the examination.