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JAMB Clarifies: No Increase in UTME Registration Fee Amidst Rumors

JAMB Clarifies: No Increase in UTME Registration Fee Amidst Rumors

In response to recent reports suggesting an increase in the registration fee for the Unified Tertiary Matriculation Examination (UTME) for the year 2024, the Joint Admissions and Matriculation Board (JAMB) has vehemently denied such claims. JAMB clarified that the cost of obtaining the UTME application documents remains unchanged at N3,500, refuting earlier reports of an alleged hike.

The announcement came through a statement issued by JAMB’s Public Communication Advisor, Fabian Benjamin, on Wednesday, December 20. Benjamin emphasized that the registration fee has remained constant since 2018 when it was reduced from N5,000 to the current N3,500. He underscored the Board’s commitment to keeping the cost low to prevent candidates from being overburdened.

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Contrary to the reports, JAMB disclosed that it had taken strategic measures to ensure affordability for candidates. Benjamin revealed that the Use of English reading text, a component of the examination, would be provided free of charge through a QR code. This move is aimed at mitigating the impact of increased production costs on candidates.

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The statement from JAMB clarified the Board’s position, stating, “The cost of obtaining the Board’s UTME application documents remains N3,500, which has been the cost of its application documents since it was brought down from N5,000 in 2018.” Furthermore, it highlighted the steps taken to prevent candidates from bearing additional costs due to economic challenges.

Addressing the perceived fee increment, JAMB attributed it to the implementation of a cashless policy. The Board consolidated all fees payable by candidates to Computer-Based Test (CBT) centers, streamlining the payment process to prevent exploitation by unscrupulous center owners. Candidates are now required to pay N700 for registration, N1,500 as examination fees, and N1,500 for the optional Mock-UTME at privately-owned centers.

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To alleviate concerns, JAMB clarified the breakdown of fees, stating, “For the avoidance of doubt, the 2024 UTME/DE e-PIN remains N3,500. The registration fee of N700, which is to be paid to CBT centers by candidates, is now to be collected by the Board along with N1,500, which is the cost of setting the main UTME, and N1,500 as the cost of the optional Mock-UTME, etc., to be collected by the Board on behalf of the CBT centers.”

The Board urged the public to disregard the misinformation and assured candidates that comprehensive registration details would be released on or before January 15, 2024. JAMB aims to provide clarity and transparency to candidates and stakeholders as they prepare for the upcoming UTME.

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