THE Joint Admission and Matriculation Board, has announced the commencement of the sale of its 2017 Unified Tertiary Matriculation Examinations admission forms on March 20.
Registrar and Chief Executive of JAMB, Prof Ishaq Oloyede, who made this known in a statement on Monday in Abuja said the sale of forms and registration for the UTME would commence on Monday March 20 and close on Saturday April 22.
UTME proper is scheduled to commence from May 6 till May 20, 2017 excluding May 12 to allow candidates sit for Further Mathematics examination for the West African Examinations Council (WAEC).
He emphasised candidates were expected to commence registration on March 20 up to Wednesday April 19 2017 while official closing date is April 22.
Candidates are expected to pay N5, 500 for the registration package which includes registration fees, reading text, syllabus and brochure.
Oloyede said: “UTME 2017 examination starts May 6 till May 20, 2017 (excluding May 12, 2017 because of candidates sitting for WAEC’s Further Mathematics examination).
“Sale of forms ends on Wednesday, April 19, 2017 while the registration portal closes on Saturday, April 22, 2017,” he stated.
For direct entry candidates, the application forms would be on sale from Sunday, April 23, 2017″, JAMB wrote on its Twitter account.
The Board had after due consultations with relevant stakeholders announced few weeks ago that it had concluded all restructuring and reforms and was now set to commence the sale of its application document in March.
The Registrar, said the commencement of the sale of forms was in keeping with his earlier words that all issues that could encumber the smooth conduct of the examination were removed.
It would be recalled that in February, JAMB had announced that it had completed a joint timetable with WAEC and National Examination Council to avoid clashing examination dates.
The restructuring exercise, it had said, would allow for only one choice of public university in which new registration platform will now be first choice, second choice, third choice and fourth choice and not most preferred, preferred choice.
Head of Information of JAMB, Dr. Fabian Benjamin, also revealed that the Board had taken time to add value to the services it has been offering to Nigerians for over three decades.
He had noted that the restructuring was aimed at expanding the opportunities available to candidates since almost all the public universities do not consider candidates on the second choice list because they hardly exhaust their first choice.
He said: “We have designed a Central Admissions Processing System where JAMB will interface with the institutions and ensure the compliance of this reform. The summary is that no candidate will be admitted with awaiting result.
“Candidates and their parents are also to note that JAMB has restructured the registration platform to allow for only one choice of public university. The new registration platform will now be first choice, second choice, third choice and fourth choice and not most preferred, preferred etc as it was.
“Candidates’ first choice can be a College, University, Innovative Enterprises Institutions or Polytechnic/Monotechnic. However, if a candidate makes a Public University his first choice, he will not have any public University to choose for second, third and fourth choice.
“He will have on the remaining three choices, a College, Polytechnic, Private University and IEI’S. However, candidates for the 2017 UTME can now select National Certificate in Education (College) or National Diploma (Polytechnic/Monotechnic) as their first choice up to third choice and the fourth IEI. They can select the IEI (Innovative Enterprise Institution, ND) as their first choice up to the fourth choice, but can only pick a public university once.”
While insisting that the registration of 2017 UTME would go side by side with the Direct Entry and during registration, JAMB said candidates’ 10 fingers would be captured using Biometric Verification Machine.
The Board has warned candidates that no cyber café would be registering candidates for the UTME.
“On no account should any candidate patronise any cybercafé for our registration. It is important to note that the Board will not deploy the use of any scratch card for the 2017 UTME registration exercise”, he emphasised.
JAMB also explained that the time had come for it do things differently and ensure that a reasonable percentage of qualified candidates find placement in tertiary institutions.