The Joint Admissions and Matriculation Board (JAMB) issued a statement in Abuja stating that the body have rule out the possibility of extending its 2016 UTME registration deadline.
The statement which was signed by Dr Fabian Benjamin (head media, JAMB) has it that the examination body said though the board sympathized with the candidates who are unable to complete the UTME online registration process due to one reason or the other, but it should be noted that the candidates were given about seven months to register, adding that the board needed to prepare for the examination that would start on February 29, 2016.
It should be recalled that prospective applicants for the 2016 UTME have embarked on series of peaceful protest in some major cities such as Benin city and Lagos city, demanding for the extension of the registration deadline.
The protesters, who stormed the Benin secretariat of the Edo State Council of the Nigeria Union of Journalists (NUJ), said they were unable to purchase the scratch card for the online registration due to the scarcity of the access cards.
On Friday, some students in Edo and Lagos states protested against an alleged sudden closure of the JAMB online registration portal.
Joint Admission and Matriculation Board ( JAMB ) :: Statement On The 2016 UTME
In response to these protests, the statement read: “The attention of the Joint Admissions and Matriculation Board has been drawn to the protest by some alleged UTME candidates in Benin and Lagos. The candidates were said to be protesting over the closure of the board’s registration portal in preparation for the 2016 examination which is due to begin in less than a week from today.
“The board sincerely sympathizes with the plight of these prospective candidates and states that it’s the wish of the board that Nigerian youths desirous of tertiary education are given ample opportunity to register for its examination. This was why it began the sale of its application document last August, that is about seven months ago.
“In the advertisement for the sale of the registration documents, the board clearly stated that the sales would close by January, but due to public appeal it extended the registration process to February.
“It’s imperative to disclose that the closure was also to allow the board to prepare adequately for the examination slated for the end of February. The board cannot allow candidates to register perpetually. It has a time table and it adheres strictly to it to allow the tertiary institutions begin the process of admission early. We all must work to enshrine the culture of discipline in the system.”
The board said it was quite unfortunate that some candidates waited until their website was withdrawn before making attempts to register.
“The scenario looks very suspicious, for a candidate who is billed to sit for an examination slated for February to suddenly appear in the same February protesting his inability to register less than a week to the examination when he knew that the registration was to close in the same month.
“Through this same process, over 1.5 million candidates have applied within this period and the board has made adequate preparation for them to sit for the 2016 exercise.
To all candidates sitting for the 2016 JAMB Unified Tertiary Matriculation Examination (UTME), the entire SchoolGist crew wishes you a huge success.
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