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JAMB 2024: JAMB Accuses Private Schools of Extorting UTME Candidates; Calls for Individual Registration

JAMB Accuses Private Schools of Extorting UTME Candidates; Calls for Individual Registration. Alarming trend sees private secondary schools charging exorbitant fees for UTME registration, mismanaging candidate data.

In a recent revelation, the Joint Admissions and Matriculation Board (JAMB) has accused some private secondary schools of engaging in the extortion of candidates participating in the Unified Tertiary Matriculation Examination (UTME). The JAMB Registrar, Prof. Ishaq Oloyede, made these allegations during an interview on Channels Television’s Sunrise Daily program on Monday.

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Expressing deep concern over the escalating practice, Oloyede revealed that certain private schools are charging candidates fees as high as N10,000 or N20,000 for UTME registration, a significant increase from the official JAMB fee ranging between N6,000 and N7,000.

“What we are calling on the candidates to do is that they should go to the centre and register. But one very important thing that we are facing now with students, either with disabilities or without disabilities, is that UTME is not a school-based examination,” Oloyede emphasized.

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He pointed out that private schools were not only extorting candidates but also mismanaging their data. Each candidate is supposed to register individually using their phone, but these schools are reportedly merging candidate data, creating potential complications.

“Every candidate is supposed to register with his or her own phone, but these people are mixing their data together,” Oloyede remarked.

The JAMB registrar clarified that UTME is not a school-based exam, and individual registration is a mandatory requirement. Even requests for special group registration, such as the one from Federal Government College Bwari for students with disabilities, were denied due to the Board’s policy on individual candidate registration.

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“Even one institution, Federal Government College Bwari wrote to us, ‘Can you give them (people with disabilities) special registration?’ It is not possible, we are not school-based. We register individual candidates who are going into the university; we are not registering cohorts.”

Oloyede also explained the rationale behind the creation of special centres for Persons with Disabilities (PWDs). The move aimed to provide equal opportunities for all candidates writing the UTME, ensuring those with physical disabilities receive the necessary support.

“The idea is that those who are suffering from physical disabilities require support. We find out that they need special attention and this special attention cannot be easily available in 774 centres across the country,” Oloyede stated.

Confirming that the 2024 UTME registration began last week, Oloyede announced that the registration period would close within the next four weeks. The call to candidates is to be vigilant and register directly at the designated centres to avoid falling victim to unauthorized fees imposed by private schools.

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