By Martin Paul in Abuja
Over two million candidates have registered for the 2020 Unified Matriculation Examinations (UTME) and Direct Entry whose entry closes today, the Joint Admissions and Matriculation Board Registrar, Professor Is-haq Oloyede, has said.
Oloyede said at the side line of the commissioning of the board’s new General Services Department in Bwari, Abuja that there would be no extension of registration date, which mock examination commences tomorrow throughout the country.
“Although I do not have accurate figure at hand, I know that we have 1.9 million for UTME and close to 200,000 for direct entry”, Oloyede said, adding that the board has automated the 2020 mock examination, which over 350, 000 candidates are expected to sit for, beginning from tomorrow.
Minister of Education, Malam Adamu Adamu, while commissioning the building, whose foundation was laid on March 18, 2019, warned institutions to resist from admitting students without following JAMB guidelines.
Adamu said the Federal Government would not hesitate to sanction any institution that admits students without passing through the Central Admissions Processing System (CAPS) of the board.
He said government zero tolerance to corruption included irregular admission, examination malpractice, adding that the present government would want to see result of its war against corruption at the end of its tenure.
Adamu commended the Governing Board of JAMB for its pro-active pursuance of activities in the examination body, adding that besides recourse to ending examination malpractice, the board has also involved in building edifices for suitable working environment.
“JAMB is a statutory planning and development organ of government in education sector, that is why there is the need to position for many to reckon with as a body fighting corruption in the country”, Adamu said.
Earlier, the chairman, governing board of JAMB, had commended the minister of education for his support for the giant strides the board has achieved in recent times.