JAMB fixes 2020 UTME for March 14 to April 4

The Joint Admissions and Matriculation Board has said that it will conduct the Unified Tertiary Matriculations Examination between March 14 and April 4, 2020.

 Before then, it added, the candidates would sit for an optional mock examination on February 18.

Speaking during a stakeholders’ meeting held on Monday in Abuja, the JAMB Registrar, Prof Is-haq Oloyede, said the registration for the UTME and Direct Entry would start simultaneously on January 13 and end on February 17, 2020.

Oloyede added that the names used by candidates for the National Identity Number registration would be strictly used for the UTME, adding that those with biometric failure issues nationwide should report to the JAMB Headquarters, Abuja, to be attended to.

 The registrar said, “Each candidate must have obtained the NIN as earlier directed JAMB. The mobile number used for NIN enrollment can be used by one candidate only. The cell phone number used for sending NIN messages is automatically tied to the candidate’s name supplied by NIMC and will be used in all communications related to his or her 2020 application and examination.

“Candidates are expected to pay not more than N700 as service charge to the CBT centres for registration. Candidates with biometric abnormalities can only register at JAMB Headquarters in Abuja. They will also sit their examination at JAMB headquarters in Abuja.

“The mock examination will hold by February 18, 2020, while the UTME will hold from March 14 to April 4. Our experience last year showed that some candidates registered multiple times so as to perpetrate impersonation. The discovery of multiple registrations in the last exercise was shocking to the board and we have taken steps to address the menace.”

 Oloyede also warned tertiary institutions, which offered admissions to candidates outside the JAMB’s Central Admission Processing System, to desist from such actions or prepare to face sanctions.

He said, “These are tricks meant to usurp the rights of the candidates and such admission on university’s portals and not on CAPS should be disregarded by the candidates. Such institutions are putting into jeopardy the future of such candidates. There shall be no regularisation of any irregular admission.

“JAMB has given caution to the universities to immediately withdraw and desist from such illegitimate actions. Any such acts will henceforth be visited with appropriate sanctions

“The board has banned all third-party interactions on its portal for any of its services, majorly between candidates and their parents or guardians. Consequently, nobody, including parents or guardians or any proxy, would have access to transact any business on candidate’s profile because fingerprint would be required,” Oloyede added.

JAMB revealed that a total of 472,332 candidates had so far been offered admission on CAPS in 2019.

The board also stated that it delisted over 100 Computer-Based Test centres over various cases of examination malpractice. It advised UTME candidates not to pay more than N700 to the centres for registration.
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