Written by Godfrey AKON

2019 UTME: JAMB registers 1,868,843 candidates

No fewer than 1,868,843 candidates have registered for the 2019 Unified Tertiary Matriculation Examination, UTME, conducted by the Joint Admissions and Matriculation Board, JAMB. 

JAMB disclosed this in its weekly bulletin released by its Head of Media, Dr Fabian Benjamin, after concluding the sale of form for the exercise last Thursday, February 21, 2019.

The number indicates an increase of 206,081 candidates from the 1,662,762 candidates registered in 2018.

Recall that JAMB began the sale of 2019 UTME registration forms on January 10, 2019 in 739 Computer Based Test, CBT, centres across the country.

According to the board’s weekly bulletin, the dates for its mock exams and the actual UTME would be announced soon, while urging all candidates to disregard rumours being bandied around and wait for the new dates of the 2019 Mock and UTME.

“The public is also to note that the Mock examination as it name implies, would not be used for any assessment process.

“This clarification becomes necessary because of insinuations from some quarters that marks from Mock examination would be added to scores obtained in the main examination,” the Bulletin said.

Meanwhile, a state-by-state analysis of registered candidates showed that Lagos came tops with 260, 756 candidates followed by Kaduna and Oyo states with 108,551and 90,164 candidates respectively.

Similarly, Kano had 85,623 candidates while Ogun registered 81,236 and FCT Abuja, registered 80,034.

At the bottom of the statistical table however, was Zamfara State with 8,323 closely followed by Kebbi and Ebonyi States with14,390 and 14,974, respectively.

JAMB disclosed that only 22 candidates had biometric registration challenges in the entire registration exercise and such candidates would sit the for 2019 UTME at its Headquarters Abuja.

In 2018, about 24,490 candidates’ examinations were rescheduled on account of biometric verification challenges.



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