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JAMB 2021 UTME Begins Nationwide


Candidates queue to enter the hall during the Joint Admission and Matriculation Board (JAMB) Unified Tertiary Matriculation Examination (UTME) at the accredited centre in Gwagwalada, Abuja… yesterday.

The Joint Admission and Matriculation Board (JAMB), yesterday, commenced the 2021 Unified Tertiary Matriculation Examination (UTME) across the country, with the first batch of candidates sitting for the Computer Based Test (CBT) examination.

According to JAMB, over 1.3 million candidates successfully registered for the examination that is expected will run till July 3, 2021.

There are concerns over some candidates, who could not successfully complete their registration exercise early due to the challenges of National Identification Number (NIN), which was made compulsory for the 2021 registration.

But JAMB, however, assured that provisions made to accommodate interest of such candidates.

Candidates scheduled for the first day converged on CBT centres across the country alongside their parents and guardians in order to be accredited accreditation in order to participate in the examination.


Almost every candidate at CBT centre monitored came with a chaperone. Some parents, who spoke with The Guardian, noted that they accompanied their children to the examination centres because of the security situations across the country.

Meanwhile, some candidates who took part in the UTME experienced difficulties in their attempts to sit for the examination as technical challenges at Certified Shipping Institute of Nigeria, Magbon, along Badagry expressway, led to the cancellation of examination at the centre.

Head of Public Affairs and Protocol of the examination body, Fabian Benjamin, said the affected candidates would be rescheduled to sit the examination at a date to be announced soon.

A guardian, who said he had accompanied a candidate to the centre, Andrew Adejo, said till around 3 p.m yesterday when the cancellation was announced, no student was able to write the exam at the centre.

JAMB Registrar, Prof Ishaq Oloyede, has repeatedly reassured candidates and other stakeholders that adequate plans have been made to ensure seamless exercise.

He said the board remains committed to the credibility of the system; hence it would consider the interest of candidates particularly those having NIN challenges.

In a related development, the zonal office of the examination body said that 95 per cent of candidates for the 2021 UTME met the NIN compulsory requirement.


The update follows an earlier notification by JAMB to applicants that those who fail to obtain their NIN. The disclosure, which was made by JAMB’s Acting Director, Mr Shittu Billiaminu, in Lagos, stated that the board had consistently worked with the National Identity Management Commission (NIMC) to ensure all candidates who wished to write the examination got their NIN.

JAMB Acting Director pointed out that the board would organise a mop-up examination for candidates who had other pending issues that had yet to be resolved and could not write the examination when slated. He said, “however, a mop-up exam which the date is yet to be announced, will be conducted.’’

The JAMB boss urged parents to allow their wards handle JAMB registration themselves to ensure a proper registration process and better understanding between their wards and the board.

He said, “One of the challenges we have is that parents don’t allow us to rest. They knock on the JAMB gate every time and when we grant them access they cannot answer the questions we ask. When JAMB requires the profile code of their wards, some of them don’t know it. In fact, we have made it a policy to deal with candidates directly.’’ The acting director noted that JAMB would continue to uphold the standard.


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