The Joint Admissions and Matriculation Board (JAMB) says the increase in the number of students who registered for the Unified Tertiary Matriculation Examination is the direct result of reduction in the price of forms by the federal government.
According to JAMB’s Weekly Bulletin made available to journalists, candidates confessed that they were encouraged to register after the exam forms were slashed from N5, 000 to N3, 500.
At the close of the sale of e-PIN on Thursday, 21st February, one million, eight hundred and fifty-five thousand, six hundred and thirty-three
(1,855,633) candidates had registered for the examination.
Another ninety three thousand, seven hundred and forty-eight (93,748) candidates also purchased Direct Entry application forms.
The bulletin also revealed that another fifty-five thousand, two hundred and fourteen (55,214) candidates who purchased the e-PIN on the last day were allowed to register before the close of registration on Monday 25th of February 2019’’
This brings the total number of registered candidates to one million, eight hundred and eighty-one thousand, four hundred and eighty eight (1, 881,488)
‘‘In the 2016 UTME, before Prof. Is-haq Oloyede assumed duty, the Board registered one million, five hundred and ninety-two thousand, four hundred and sixty-two (1,592,462) candidates’’.
An increase of one hundred and twenty-nine thousand, seven hundred and seventy-four (129,774) candidates were recorded in the 2017 UTME as the Board registered one million, seven hundred and twenty-two thousand, two hundred and thirty-six (1,722,236).