The Joint Admissions and Matriculation Board has announced that it generated N5,887,628,900 from the sale of forms for the 2021 UTME/DE.
The figure which was obtained under the financial inflow column of the board’s weekly bulletins for April and May 2021, is about N5.8 billion lower than the N6,563,086,710 the board generated from forms in 2020.
JAMB attributed the drop in the revenue it generated from the sale of forms for the 2021 Unified Tertiary and Matriculation Examinations and the Direct Entry Examinations to the introduction of the National Identification Number requirement into the registration process by the Federal Government.
According to the board’s Director of Press and Public Relations, Dr Fabian Benjamin who spoke to The Punch on Sunday, the NIN requirement made it impossible for some prospective candidates to register, leading to the reduction in number of registered candidates and the proceeds generated from sales of forms.
He said, “Last year, we had over two million candidates who registered for the examinations, both the UTME and DE. But this year, we are talking about between 1.3 million and 1.4 million. We know factors such as the introduction of the NIN to the registration process were responsible.
“From the information on ground, the NIN did not make lots of candidates register and you know before now we have been having cases of multiple registrations and that was why we brought in the NIN.”