The Joint Admissions and Matriculations Board (JAMB), has so far registered more than 300,000 candidates for the 2021 Unified Tertiary Matriculation Examination (UTME).
According to the board’s weekly bulletin obtained from the board’s website by the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) yesterday, JAMB has also registered more than 8,000 Direct Entry (DE) candidates.
“Total profile code generated so far is 497,528.
“Total UTME pin vended is 344, 115, while total pin vended for DE is 10, 848. Total registered candidates for UTME, 316, 132 and total registered candidates for DE is 8, 490.
“Total candidates who have indicated interest in sitting for the mock UTME are 126,402,’’ it said.
According to the bulletin, candidates can send their National Identity Number (NIN) from any SIM of their choice provided the SIM has not been used by another candidate to register for UTME/DE in the past.
JAMB said this was contrary to its earlier statement that only the SIM that was linked to a candidate’s NIN could be used to send their NIN to 55019.
The board had on Sunday said that candidates could only generate their profiles by sending their details to 55019 on the SIM linked to their NIN.
It, however, advised them to follow the right process to be successfully registered.
The mock UTME earlier scheduled to hold on April 30, is now to take place on May 20, while the examination will take place from June 5 to June 19.
Registration for UTME/DE which began on April 8 will end on May 15.
Meanwhile, candidates who could not generate their profile code to register for the 2021 Unified Tertiary Matriculation Examination because of poor or network failure from telecommunication service providers will get a refund, the Joint Admissions and Matriculation Board has said.
The board said this doesn’t apply to candidates who entered the wrong code while trying to generate their profile codes for registration.
There had been outcry from parents of applicants for this year’s UTME because they could not create their profile codes despite being charged for the service.
Each Short Message Service (SMS) cost N50 for request made by UTME applicants on the major telecoms service providers.
Registrar of JAMB, Prof Is – haq Oloyede, after a meeting with stakeholders yesterday at the headquarters of the board in Bwari, said the service providers and JAMB agreed on the refund to candidates who couldn’t access the service by telcos.