Nigerian entrance examination board for tertiary-level institutions known as the Joint Admissions and Matriculation Board (JAMB) has said it may conduct another examination in 2021 for those with genuine registration challenges.
JAMB Registrar, Prof. Is-haq Oloyede, disclosed this on Wednesday in Lagos while monitoring profiling of candidates with 2021 UTME registration challenges.
He said, “So far, we have just 17, 758 candidates with challenges that had been profiled, nationwide.
“At the end of the entire exercise, we may have to conduct another examination for those with genuine cases after the main UTME slated for June 19 to July 3.”
He reaffirmed the board’s commitment to ensuring that every Nigerian child desirous of tertiary education would be given an equal opportunity.
“Since I came here this morning and interacted with candidates, I have discovered that most of them are largely unserious and are basically the cause of most of their challenges.
“We keep hearing flimsy excuses such as my lesson teacher used his phone to generate the profile code, our tutorial centre helped us to register and I was not in town.
“Other reasons advanced are: I used my mother’s NIN to generate my profile code, my mummy did the registration for me,” he said.
However, he said, some candidates were honest enough to say they did not have money to procure UTME
“We have also seen cases where rather than send their NIN to 55019, candidates sent it to 55012, while others sent the same command with post-paid phones rather than pre-paid,” he said.
Over 500,000 candidates had claimed they were unable to register for the examination within the given time frame – before May 15. JAMB later extended the registration to May 29.
The candidates cited inability to generate a profile code and difficulty in obtaining the National Identification Number (NIN).