The Joint Admissions and Matriculation Board JAMB, says it has recorded an increase in numbers of candidates registering for the 2019 Tertiary Admission Exams otherwise known as the Unified Tertiary Matriculation Examination UTME.
The board in its Weekly Publication released in Abuja on Sunday by its Head of Media , Dr Fabian Benjamin , said a total of 1,855,633 candidates registered for the Unified Tertiary Matriculation Examination UTME and 93,748 others registered for Direct Entry .
The board which stated that the Direct Entry application is for admission into second year for first degree programme in university added that only candidates with relevant qualification would be considered for admission.
The board said in 2016 before Professor Ishaq assumed office , it registered 1,592,462 candidates which indicated an increase of 129,774 candidates in the 2017 UTME.
JAMB further said in 2017, the board registered 1,7222,236 candidates when it introduced innovations such as profile creation, a measure adjudged to have eliminated several forms of impersonation and as well improve registration process.
The board noted significant improvement in the total number of candidates registered in 2018 as it was conducted with much improved innovations such as live picture capturing , biometrics capturing of ten fingers.
Parts of the bulletin read that a total of 55,214 candidates who purchased the e-PIN on Thursday February 21st, the last day for the sales of e-PIN were also allowed to register before the close of registration on the 25th of February.
“ the 2019 registration is peculiar in many forms as it is the first time in decades the board application fee will be reviewed downward. The slash triggered an upsurge of candidates registering for the 2019”UTME”. The publication read.
“within six weeks ,the Board was able to capture over 1.8million candidates along with their biometrics ,names and other forms of identities that could be used for the UTME” It added.
At the commencement of the 2019 registration exercise ,the board announced that it would not reschedule its examination for candidates with biometric challenges.
“ Before the close of the registration about 50 candidates whose fingers could not be captured throughout the country were invited to the Board’s headquarters , but only twenty-two out of that number reported for capturing” the board added.