The Joint Admissions and Matriculation Board ( JAMB) has said that it is set to commence sale of the 2019 Unified Tertiary Matriculation Examination (UTME) form for prospective candidates on January 10, 2019.
The JAMB Registrar, Prof. Ishaq Oloyede, who disclosed this at a meeting with Computer Based Test ( CBT) centre operators in Lagos, also said that about 50 centres had been sanctioned by the board for various infractions and unethical practices.
He said: “Cyber cafes have been banned from registering candidates for the year 2019 examination over allegation of extortion. They were extorting and overcharging candidates, doing services that they do not have capacity to do. They keep on deceiving candidates and we have no way of tracking them because they are not registered. That’s why we banned them.
“We know there will be uproar because these cyber cafes make illegitimate money from candidates but we cannot leave the students at their mercy, particularly when people will say it is JAMB extorting them. Seven hundred and eighteen CBT centres have been registered across the country to handle the registration processes expected to last for six weeks. If you want to do any of our major services, choose any of them.”
The registrar also said the examination body had set up a committee of experts under Prof. Peter Okebukola to come up with an all-inclusive method to be able to bend the rule to suit blind candidates.
Oloyede said only three institutions are yet to comply with the December deadline issued them to complete their admission process.