The Registrar, Joint Admission and Matriculation Board(JAMB), Prof. Ishaq Oloyede, on Thursday explained the cause of the delay in the sale of forms to prospective applicants and the conduct of UTME.
Oloyede said the long-awaited UTME will hold in May.
Speaking at the 2017 Nigerian Academy of Letters Annual Lecture in Abuja, the Registrar said the delay in the sale of the forms arose because of the need to ensure hitch-free conduct of the examinations and to eliminate tendencies by cybercafe attendants to extort the applicants during registration.
For this reason,the board has cancelled the use of scratch cards for purchase of the UTME form.
“We have observed that people are selling fake forms but what we are doing is to try to sanitise the system and as soon as the sanitisation is done, we will start selling the forms,”Oloyede said.
“In any case, JAMB has invited other examination bodies, there will be no clash but we want to hold the exams when it is appropriate.
“You also know that if we conduct the examination in March, the result will come out almost immediately but the result cannot be used until August or September.
“So, we have to keep the results and that will give room for people to be thinking it’s possible to upgrade.
“But, if we conduct our examination very close to when the result is needed the possibility or perceptions for upgrading will not be there.
“We need to reassure stakeholders that those selling fake forms are gone. We are not going to sell out forms through the other process.
“We will start the sale of the form and by May the examination will be conducted,”Oloyede said.
“There is no offline registration, people extort students by collecting money from them but the worst is the mismatch of picture, data and biometrics,” Oloyede said.