JAMB registrar Prof. Ishaq Oloyede, has said that the possibility of shifting the date for the 2021 Unified Tertiary Matriculation Examination (UTME) is very high.
Prof. Oloyede explained that this was because of the inability of at least 600,000 candidates who have indicated interest to participate, to register for the examination scheduled to hold between June 5 and 19.
Speaking at a virtual meeting with 2021 UTME committee members on Friday, he disclosed that 1.1 million candidates have so far registered for the 2021 UTME, and the board anticipated approximately 1.9 million registrations at the end of the exercise.
The JAMB boss noted that while 50 per cent of the candidates have already registered without problem, there was a need to carry everyone along.
He stated that at the end of the meeting with the stakeholders, they would decide on whether to shift the exam forward or not.
“The possibility of shifting the exam forward is still high, but that will be determined after our meeting with stakeholders,” said Professor Oloyede.
“This is because about 600,000 candidates who have indicated interest in the exam are yet to register. There is a need to give everyone the opportunity.”
“Extending registration may not be the solution if we found out that we can give 80 per cent of those who have made attempt another password, then there will be no need to extend registration.
“We have to determine where the problem is coming before we can say we are extending. After today, we will address the press tomorrow on the outcome of the meeting on the main examination date and registration. We want to assess what is happening,” he added.