Nigerian lawmakers ask JAMB to extend 2017 UTME registration deadline


House of Representatives has urged the Joint Admissions and
Matriculation Board, JAMB to extend the one month deadline given to
applicants for the 2017 UTME exercise by at least another month to
create more space for prospective applicants.

The call was contained in a motion on Tuesday raised by Danburan Nuhu (Kano-APC)
Nuhu said during the 2016 UTME exercise, about 1.6 million applicants
registered out of which about one million passed while the 2017 exercise
might reach 2million across the country given the growing number of
“Some of the approved centres are registering 250
applicants at a time and most of them are not spacious, do not have
adequate number of computers,” he said.
He urged the examination
body to specify the requirements including safety measures, which
qualify any centre to participate in the conduct of UTME Computer Based
He also urged JAMB to deploy safety equipment to each centre to forestall any incidence of stampede due to overcrowding.
motion was unanimously adopted by the House and the committee on basic
education was mandated to direct JAMB to comply with the resolutions.
The JAMB has repeatedly said it has no plans of extending the April 19 registration deadline for the UTME.
On Monday, the agency said it had registered about 600,000 applicants already.

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