The Joint Admissions and Matriculation Board (JAMB) has announced January 10th as the commencement date for the sale of forms for the 2019 Unified Tertiary Matriculation Examination (UTME). Jamb said the registration window would be open for six weeks for prospective candidates.
The Board also said it will discontinue the use of cyber cafes for registration of candidates beginning from the next examinations in 2019.The development was announced on Tuesday by JAMB’s Registrar, Prof. Ishaq Oloyede, during his meeting with proprietors of Computer Based Test (CBT) centres at the University of Lagos.
“We are no longer going to allow the cyber cafes to do the registration exercise for prospective candidates because they are extorting candidates and overcharging them.“They also do services they do not have the capacity to do, coupled with the fact that there was no way of tracking them because they were not registered.
“Another major reason is the mix-up they create on the data of the candidates. Some will just ask the candidates to write their names and other details down for them.“On accumulating such data, they now get all of them mixed-up, thereby creating problems for these candidates.“We know there will be uproar because they make a lot of illegitimate money from these services, but we cannot leave the candidates at their mercy.
“Particularly when people will make noise that it is JAMB that was extorting them,’’ he said.
Oloyede said JAMB has so far accredited 718 centres where prospective candidates can walk in to do their registrations.