Federal Government, FG Slash of Joint Admissions and Matriculation Board (JAMB) Fees Has Increased UTME and Direct Entry Registration to 1.8 Million Candidates in 2019/2020 Sales of UTME/DIRECT ENTRY Form.
the Joint Admissions and Matriculation Board (JAMB) had for the past six weeks, put its Unified Tertiary Matriculation Examination (UTME/DE) application documents for sale.
The sale of the Unified Tertiary Matriculation Examination (UTME) and Direct Entry (DE) application documents commenced on Thursday, 10th January, 2019 and ended on Thursday, 21st February, 2019.
The total number of candidates that registered for the 2019 UTME increased largely to the fee slashed by the Federal Government from N5,000 to N3,500.
Many candidates who were interviewed disclosed that they were encouraged to register when they discovered that they could afford the new fee.
The UTME is for candidates seeking admission into Universities, Polytechnics/Monotechnics, Innovative Enterprise Institutions and Colleges of Education while Direct Entry (DE) application is for direct admission to second year for first degree programmes.
It is mandatory for all candidates to take the UTME to be eligible for admission while the DE candidates would have had an advanced qualification before being considered for admission.
At the close of the sale of e-PIN on Thursday, 21st February, One Million, Eight hundred and Fifty-Five Thousand, Six hundred and Thirty-Three (1,855,633) candidates had registered for the UTME and Ninety-Three Thousand, Seven Hundred and Forty-Eight (93,748) had registered for DE application.
SEE ALSO: JAMB Registers 1.8 Million Candidates for 2019/2020 UTME Nationwide.
A total of fifty-five thousand, two hundred and fourteen (55,214) candidates who purchased the e-PIN on the last day were allowed to register before the close of registration on Monday 25th of February 2019.
At the close of registration on Monday, 25th February, 2019, One Million, Eight Hundred and Eighty-One Thousand, Four Hundred and Eighty-Eight (1,881,488) candidates registered for the 2019 UTME.
In the 2016 UTME, before Prof. Is-haq Oloyede assumed duty, the Board registered One Million, Five Hundred and Ninety-Two Thousand, Four Hundred and Sixty-Two (1,592,462) candidates.
An increase of One Hundred and Twenty-Nine Thousand, Seven Hundred and Seventy-Four (129,774) candidates were recorded in the 2017 UTME as the Board registered One Million, Seven Hundred and Twenty-Two Thousand, Two Hundred and Thirty-Six (1,722,236) candidates.
In 2017, the Board introduced innovations such as profile creation to modification of the biometric capturing already in existence in the registration process to eliminate all forms of impersonation and improve the registration process.
There was also a significant improvement in the total number of candidates registered in the 2018 exercise with much improved innovations which include live picture capturing, biometrics capturing of ten fingers etc.
The process of profile creation was modified with candidates sending their names to a code for their profile to be registered.
This system made the registration process faster and eliminated cases of wrong spelling of names etc.
The 2019 registration is peculiar in many forms. This is the first time in decades that the Board application fee will be reviewed downward.
The slash triggered an upsurge of candidates registering for the 2019 UTME. Within six weeks, the Board was able to capture over 1.8 million candidates along with their biometrics, names and other forms of identities that could be used for the UTME and other developmental needs of the country.
The Board at the commencement of the 2019 registration exercise announced that it would not reschedule its examination particularly for candidates with biometric challenges.
It stated that all candidates whose fingers could not be captured at the point of registration must visit the headquarters of the Board in Bwari, to have their issues addressed.
From this exercise, it was noticed that many of the challenges associated with biometric during registration were man-made.
Before the close of the registration, about 50 candidates whose fingers could not be captured throughout the country were invited to the Board’s headquarters, but only twenty-two (22) out of that number reported for capturing.
Unlike the previous years’ exercises where over twenty-four thousand (24, 000) candidates who claimed to have biometric challenges had their examinations rescheduled.
It is the desire of the Board that henceforth, all biometric challenges would be attended to at the Board’s national headquarters.
It is, therefore, imperative to note that the Board has been able to surmount some of the challenges bedeviling not only candidates’ registration but other aspects of national life as well with the courage of its convictions.