Candidates with bio-metric difficulties to write UTME in Abuja


The Joint Admissions and Matriculation Board (JAMB), has urged student across the country to ignore the unfounded rumours making the rounds concerning the date for the conduct of the 2019 Mock as well as the 2019 UTME.

The exam body gave the warning in its weekly bulletin made available to newsmen by its Head of Media, Dr. Fabian Benjamin.

It advised candidates to patiently wait for a formal announcement as it would soon come up with a new date for both examinations.

‘‘The Board enjoined all candidates to jealously guard all their documents pertaining to the 2019 Unified Tertiary Matriculation Examination/Direct Entry’’

‘‘The public is also to note that the Mock examination as its name implies, would not be used for any assessment process. T h i s clarification becomes necessary because of insinuations from some quarters that marks from the Mock examination would be added to scores obtained in the main examination’’.

Meanwhile, no fewer than 22 candidates with biometric registration challenges are expected to sit for the 2019 UTME at the Joint Admissions and Matriculation Board Headquarters in Abuja.

The exam body said out of the 52 names sent to it from the states, only 22 showed up for registration despite the board being responsible for their transportation to and from Abuja.

JAMB said it had warned candidates before the commencement of registration that it would not reschedule examinations for any candidate on account of biometric challenge.

It had provided for candidates whose fingers could not be captured during registration at the CBT centres, to visit JAMB Headquarters in Abuja for their registration.

JAMB said the measure had proven successful as only 22 candidates had the challenge as against the 24,490 candidates whose examinations were rescheduled in 2018 on account of biometric verification challenges

The board through its bulletin further disclosed that as at Thursday, 21 February, 2019, date for the close of exam registration, a total of 868,843 candidates had successfully registered for the 2019 Unified Tertiary Matriculation Examination.

It said Lagos State led the pack with a total 260, 756 candidates, while Kaduna and Oyo states followed with 108,551and 90,164 respectively.

Kano State recorded 85,623 candidates, Ogun-81,236 and FCT-Abuja with 80,034.

States like Kebbi and Ebonyi also followed with 14,390 and 14,974 registered candidates while Zamfara State trailed with 8,323 candidates.

The exam board has maintained its ban on defaulting CBT centres.

As at 25th of February 2019, a total of 17 centres in 12 states are excluded from participating in the examinations for various offences while 2 centres in two centres previously suspended has been restored.



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