The Joint Admissions Matriculation Board (JAMB) has shifted the date for the conduct of the 2021 Unified Tertiary Matriculation Examination (UTME) from 5th to 19th June to now start from 19th and end on 3 July.
The Registrar of JAMB, Ishaq Oloyede, who stated this at the end of a stakeholder’s meeting on Saturday in Abuja, also noted that the mock exam would now take place on June 3, 2021, while the registration which was supposed to end on Saturday (today) has been extended by two weeks.
He said this was to afford prospective candidates more time to complete their registration for the 2021 UTME/DE, which was expected to end on Saturday, May 15, 2021.
“The 2021 Mock UTME earlier scheduled for 20th May 2021 will now hold on June 3, 2021, while the main UTME will hold from June 19 – July 3, 2021,” he said.
A communiqué issued at the end of the meeting noted that the stakeholders recommended a two-week extension for registration on firm commitment to deliver on their respective responsibilities.
While noting that JAMB would dispatch monitoring teams to all states of the federation and the FCT during the extension period, it said the board will set up a committee to seek an alternative Value Added Service (VAS) company.
“JAMB hereby directs CBT Centres to stop selling ePINs and flouting this directive should attract appropriate sanctions.
“No CBT centre should collect money for ePIN and registration fees simultaneously, until completion of registration” the communiqué reads.
According to the communiqué, candidates for Direct Entry are reminded to, while procuring their ePIN, specify their category of admission, adding that where a DE candidate mistakenly purchases an ePIN for UTME, the selling point is directed to rectify the error by swapping the ePIN to DE at no further cost to the candidate.
NIMC to give needed attention
Meanwhile, the National Identity Management Commission (NIMC) has pledged to give priority attention to UTME/DE prospective candidates.
The communiqué said: “All prospective candidates and other users who have not received a response from 55019 are requested to send their Tracking ID or NIN to firstname.lastname@example.org.
“However, those who had obtained their NIN through unauthorised sources will have to go to NIMC office to resolve their challenges.”
NIMC further pledged to deploy special monitoring teams and to sanction any NIMC agent found extorting candidates in the cause of enrolment.
Also, parents are discouraged from seeking to register underage and immature candidates to pursue tertiary education ahead of their time.