JAMB Reacts to Candidates’ Protest over Closing of Portal
The attention of the Joint Admissions and Matriculation Board (JAMB) has been drawn to protests by some alleged prospective candidates in Edo and Lagos states over the closure of the board’s registration portal in preparation to the UTME.
In a statement signed by the Head, Media and Information of the board, Dr Fabian Benjamin, the board stated;
“The board sincerely sympathises with the plight of these prospective candidates.
“It is indeed the wish of the board that the Nigerian youth desirous of tertiary education are given ample opportunity to register for its examination.
“This is why it began the sale of its application document in August 2015, which is about seven months ago.
“In the advertisement for the sale of the registration documents, the board clearly stated that the sales would close by January.
“But due to public appeal it extended the registration process to February,” the statement read in part.
The board further stated that it could not allow candidates to register perpetually, adding that it had a time table and it adheres strictly to it.
It noted that this was to allow tertiary institutions to begin admission processes early.
“We all must work to enshrine the culture of discipline in the system and ensure that tertiary institutions calendars are not truncated.
“It is most unfortunate that some candidates waited until our website was withdrawn before making attempts to register,” the board stated.
It noted that every aspiring candidate was expected to know the procedure as proper publicity involving the media was done. (NAN)