Thursday, July 7, 2022

JAMB STOPS COLLECTION OF REGISTRATION FEE AT COMPUTER BASED CENTERS

The Joint Admissions and Matriculation Board (JAMB) has taken over the collection of the N700 registration fee for the Unified Tertiary Matriculation Examination (UTME) from 2022.

By this decision, the Computer-Based Test (CBT) centers would no longer directly collect the UTME registration fees.

It said in its weekly bulletin issued in Abuja on Monday that it would collect the approved N700 registration fee at the point of registration and remit the same to the various approved centres.

“JAMB will as from the 2022 UTME exercise, be collecting the approved N700 registration fee on behalf of the various Computer-Based Test (CBT) centres along with its UTME registration fees.

“The board will then remit whatever is due to each registration center to its bank account on a weekly basis or any timeframe acceptable to the center owners.

“This laudable step was borne out of a painstaking review of the entire UTME registration process which has revealed some unethical and unacceptable practices by many CBT centres.

 “It is to be noted that these centers were allowed to collect only N700 as registration charges, but some fraudulent center owners misused that opportunity to engage in conduct unbecoming of respectable establishments.

“They indulge in massive extortion of candidates during the exercise,’’ the board stated.

It stated also that it had been compelled to make the UTME registration process cashless to put a stop to extortion.

It added that the new process would not in any way increase the cost of UTME registration.

“It is only the process of payment that has changed; not the cost.

“With the new policy, candidates simply walk into any registration centre and register without paying any fee.

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