Earlier this month, the Joint Admission Matriculation Board JAMB expressed that they had no plans of extending their registration deadline.
The reverse is becoming the case as the House of Representatives orders the Joint Admissions and Matriculation Board, JAMB to extend the 2017 registration deadline for the registration of UTME
This came after the motion raised by Danburan Nuhu (Kano-APC).
According to Mr. Nuhu during the 2016 UTME exercise, about 1.6 million applicants registered for the UTME and about one million passed.
He stated that the 2017 exercise might reach 2 million across the country given the growing number of applicants.
He noted that some of the approved registration centres are registering only 250 applicants at a time; most of them do not have enough space and adequate number of computers.
He urged JAMB to specify the requirements including safety measures, that approved centres need to have to participate in the conduct of UTME Computer Based Test and ensure to deploy safety equipment to each centre to forestall any incidence of stampede due to overcrowding.
The 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 had earlier stated that it has no plans of extending the registration deadline but with this latest development, let’s keep our fingers crossed and watch how it all plays out.