The Joint Admissions and Matriculation Board says about 1.6 million registration forms for the 2018 Unified Tertiary Matriculation Examination have been sold, two days to the end of the exercise.
The board’s Head, Media and Information, Dr. Fabian Benjamin, disclosed this in an interview with the News Agency of Nigeria on Friday in Lagos.
NAN reports that the Board commenced the sales of registration forms on December 6, 2017, and had said it would close on February 6.
However, the Board’s Registrar, Prof. Is’haq Oloyede, on February 6 announced the extension of sales to February 11, in an attempt to accommodate candidates who failed to register within the two-month window.
According to Benjamin, this year’s registration for the examination has proved to be one of the best in recent times.
“As at the close of work on Thursday, I can comfortably say that we have registered close to 1.6 million candidates for the examination.
“This year’s registration, too, can be adjudged as one of the best in recent times, as it has been smooth, hitch- and rancour-free.
“Having said this though, the Board will like to warn that there may be no more extension of period of registration for candidates in our future examinations.
“This is because some mischievous persons may want to seize the opportunity of the lengthy period of registration to carry out infractions that could undermine the integrity of the examination,’’ he told NAN.
“We are seriously considering reducing the registration period to about one month.
“We no longer want to give fraudsters the opportunity to deploy all kinds of tricks in the process.
“Imagine a situation whereby, in an entire month, less than 10 per cent of prospective applicants have registered until when we started approaching the last lap of the exercise.’’
NAN also reports that no date has been fixed for the much anticipated mock UTME, with the main examination temporarily scheduled for March 9 to March 17.