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JAMB Records A Decrease In The Number Of Registered Candidates For UTME



Ishaq Oloyede, registrar of Joint Admissions and Matriculation Board

Prof. Is-haq Oloyede, The Registrar of The Joint Admissions and Matriculation Board has disclosed to newsmen that the Board recorded a decreased in the number of registered candidates for the Unified Tertiary Matriculation Examinations in 2018.

According to him, a total number of 1,662,762 candidates registered for the 2018 UTME, within a period of two months, as against a total of 1,718,425 candidates who registered within one month in 2017.

According to Punch, He explained that the decrease of 3.2 per cent was largely as a result of measures put in place by the board to forestall multiple registrations and other unwholesome practices by candidates.

Naija News confirmed that the Registrar added that the board would give physically challenged candidates the necessary supported they need to succeed in the examination.

On admissions, the registrar said the board has since concluded the 2017 admissions into tertiary institutions.

He said that the admission was conducted using the Central Admissions Processing System, automated the admission platform and provided the candidates with the opportunity to track their admissions.

According to him, this system ensure strict adherence to admission guidelines, thereby creating equity and fairness in admission and was responsible for timely completion of the admission.

“The 2017 admissions statistics shows that 1,840,225 candidates applied for the 2017 UTME and Direct Entry (DE).

“A total of 1,187,997 candidates out of the above met the minimum cut-off points for the 2017 admission of which 842,505 possess the minimum O’level requirement and cut-off points.”

This, he explained, was because the board targets to work towards assisting other concerned stakeholders to have a reliable academic calendar for tertiary institutions.

“The academic session in tertiary institutions statutorily begins in August and we will ensure that we conclude all admission exercise by that time.

“If any institution does not resume early, it will not be due to delay in the admission process,” he said.

He appreciated the support from various stakeholders in the education sector as well as the Federal Government.

Naija News earlier today brought to the notice of UTME candidates things they are not expected to come with to the examination centres