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UTME: JAMB says portal closed for good, no plan to extend exam



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The Joint Admissions and Matriculation Board (JAMB) has said there will be no extension for the 2016 Unified Tertiary Matriculation Examination (UTME) despite pockets of protests by candidates in Benin and Lagos, reports ITRealms

The protesting candidates, ITRealms gathered took to the streets over the closure of the Board's registration portal in preparation for the 2016 Examination which is due to begin by the last week in February.



JAMB spokesman, Dr. Fabian Benjamin, in a press statement sighted by ITRealms, the Board sincerely sympathizes with the plight of these prospective candidates and wishes that Nigerian youth desirous of tertiary education are given ample opportunity to register for the examination.



“This was why it began the sale of its application document last year August, that is about seven months ago,” he said. 

Benjamin pointed out that in the advertisement for the sale of the registration, JAMB clearly stated that the sales would close by January, but due to public appeal it extended the registration process to February. 

He explained that the portal closure was 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 and ensure that tertiary institutions calendars,” he said.

Further, he said, the Board is currently working tirelessly to conduct one of the best examinations globally, pointing out that the Board does not post candidates.

“The Board doesn't post candidates to examination towns. Candidates chose the town of their choice while we send them to centres within their chosen towns,” Benjamin explained. 

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+Remmy Nweke (ITRealms)
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