The registrar of the Joint Admissions and Matriculations Board, Prof. Is’aq Oloyede, has hinted that the board will decide whether there is a need to extend the registration period and change the date of the Unified Tertiary Matriculation Examination (UTME).
Oloyede made this disclosure on Friday (today), at a zoom meeting titled, ‘Briefing session for the committees on 2021 UTME’.
The UTME had been scheduled to hold between June 5 and 19.
Oloyede, however, stated that the Mock examination would begin on May 20 as earlier stipulated.
The registrar explained that “Presently, we have 1.2million candidates that have registered but we expect 1.9million. 600,000 candidates had made attempt to register but because of NIN they could not. We want to do an appraisal of all the issues to know if we are extending registration or not.
“Extending registration may not be the solution if we found out that we can give 80 per cent of those who have made attempt another password, then there will be no need to extend registration.
“We have to determine where the problem is coming before we can say we are extending. After today, we will address the press tomorrow on the outcome of the meeting on the main examination date and registration. We want to assess what is happening.”
Those attending the zoom meeting include stakeholders who all stated their challenges while some others appreciated the innovations and transparency which Oloyede brought to the fore in the yearly conduct of UTME.