JAMB Fixes April 19 as Commencement Date for UTME




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By Martin Paul in Abuja

The Joint Admissions and Matriculation Board (JAMB) has fixed April 11 for the commencement of the 2019 Unified Tertiary Matriculation Examination (UTME).

Head of Information unit of JAMB, Dr. Fabian Benjamin said the weeklong examination would commence after the mock exam earlier scheduled for March 23 had been conducted on April 1.

The mock examination, he added, “is optional to prepare interested candidates for the main examination. It does not in any way add to the grades for the main examination”.

In the previous arrangements, UTME would have been held nationwide on March 16 and end on March 23, but the postponement of the general elections affected the dates for the examinations.

“JAMB is ready to conduct the main examination from April 11 in all the Computer-Based Test Centres (CBT) across the country”, the statement added.

Benjamin said in the statement that the change was due to ”certain circumstances beyond the Board’s control.”

“Candidates who had indicated interest in the mock examination at the point of registration and have since printed their mock examination notification slips need not print them again.

“All the details on the slips remain the same except the (mock) examination date which is now April 1,” he said.

He said candidates are to begin printing the notification slips for the main examination from April 2, about one week before the examination.

“All candidates who registered for the 2019 UTME are to ensure that they print their examination notification slips before the day of the examination as no excuses would be entertained. The public should note that the Board would not reschedule examination for any candidate,” he said.

He said candidates can print their slips anywhere and that sale of forms for the examinations remain closed.

“Nigerians would recall that the Board had closed the sale of its Unified Tertiary Matriculation Examination and Direct Entry application document on Thursday, 21st February 2019,” he said.

Benjamin said 41,063 candidates have so far created their profiles and procured either UTME or DE ePINS but were unable to complete their registration formalities after initiating the process.

“Given this, the Board has opened the registration portal effective from Wednesday 13th March, for all candidates with either UTME or DE ePINS to complete their registration formalities. The portal would be closed on Friday, 15th March 2019 by midnight,” he said.

He added that the opportunity was only meant for candidates who had created a profile and procured UTME or DE ePINS before the close of registration.

“Please endeavour to register before Friday midnight if you are holding any of the ePINS (UTME/DE),” he said.

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