JAMB postpones 2021 UTME, extends registration

Nigeria’s tertiary institution’s admission regulator, Joint Admissions and Matriculation Board (JAMB) has announced a new date for the 2021 Unified Tertiary Matriculation Examination.

Registrar of JAMB, Prof Is-haq Oloyede, announced that the examination date has been shifted from June 19 to July 3.

He made the announcement at a press conference on Saturday in Abuja, adding that the deadline for registration has been extended by two weeks.

With this, the registration exercise will now end on May 29.

“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.

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.

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 nimc-jamb2021@nimc.gov.ng.

“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.

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