The Joint Admissions and Matriculation Board (JAMB) has stated that 2019 UTME candidates with Biometric issues during the registration will have to write the examination only in Abuja.

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The board also said it will be responsible for the cost of transportation of the candidates to and from Abuja. This was contained in the weekly bulletin of the Board.

JAMB said it decided to introduce this measure after it discovered that many candidates use the biometric issue as an excuse to cheat.

SEE: How To Pass JAMB Without Cheating

Recall that the board had earlier stated that any candidate with biometric issues must report at its office in Abuja to resolve the issues and write the examination.

It was gathered that out of the 52 candidates that were referred to Abuja due to biometric issues from the various states, only 22 of them actually showed up in Abuja for registration despite the fact that the board would be responsible for transportation.

JAMB equally stated that it would not reschedule examination for any candidate on account of a biometric challenge.

This year, sales of form for all candidates (UTME /DE) including for those outside Nigeria, started from January 10 and ended February 21. Jamb refused to extend the registration date.

Similarly, the examination body also revealed that it made N840 million between February 15 and 21, 2019 as revenue.

The sum is part of the examination body’s revenue generated through the ongoing registration for the 2019 Unified Tertiary Matriculation Examination (UTME) and other sources including sale and use of its electronic facilities.

According to the examination body, during the week under review, JAMB made N55,392,973 from the use of its electronic facilities; N758,000,000 from UTME registration, N24,073,710 as service charges by the CBT centres N3,162,720 from consultancy service and N16,000 from other sources.

It, however, noted that within the week, it recorded an expenditure of N97,052,298 million through its expenses on staff claims, payment for utilities, taxes among others.

Currently, at the close of registration on Thursday, over one million number of candidates registered for the 2019 UTME.


Also, the examination which was earlier stated to start on March 16, 2019 will no longer start because of the change in the election date.

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