The Joint Admissions and Matriculation Board (JAMB) has announced that the ongoing 2022 Unified Tertiary Matriculation Examination (UTME)/Direct Entry (DE) Registration Exercise scheduled to end on 26th March, 2022 would not be extended.
A statement issued by JAMB’s Head of Public Relations, Dr. Fabian Benjamin, said this was because the time scheduled for the registration exercise from 19th February, to 26th March, 2022, was the only window allotted by relevant authorities to the Board to conduct the exercise.
TheFact Nigeria had earlier reported that the Board was recording 70,000 UTME/DE registrations daily.
Dr. Benjamin said the public should note that registration and examination dates were not fixed arbitrarily but through a consensus of opinions of the Federal Ministry of Education and examination agencies.
He further explained that before the commencement of registration or examination for any given year, all public examinations bodies are invited to a roundtable where they are expected to agree on the timetable of activities for each examination agency, which must be strictly adhered to.
Giving reasons for the announcement, Dr. Benjamin said:
“This announcement was necessary because of the drop in the number of candidates coming forward to register in spite of the capacity of the Board to register more daily.
“By this announcement, the Board is urging prospective candidates who desire to register for the 2022/23 UTME/DE to come out to register as they have only two weeks to do so as no extension would be granted after the close of registration”, he explained.
To this end, he stressed that the general public is to note that it is practically impossible for the Board to even contemplate any extension of registration as sister examination bodies such as WAEC NECO and NABTEB, have their allotted time which the Board cannot usurp.