A total of two million applicants are expected to register for 2018 Unified Tertiary Matriculation Examination (UTME), the Registrar and Chief Executive Officer of Joint Admissions Matriculation Board (JAMB), Professor Is’haq Olanrewaju Oloyede has disclosed.
Oloyede also disclosed that the agency returned N7.8billion to the federal government’s coffers from the proceeds of examination forms sold in 2017.
He stated that the fund was sourced from the N12 billion income made during the year.
Oloyede who made these disclosure during an interview with newsmen in Ilorin, Kwara State yesterday said the board had effected changes in the process and procedure for registration and conduct of examination for candidates to curb malpractices.
Contrary to the insinuation that the board increased the examination fee, which enabled the milestone, the JAMB boss said the agency rather made some reductions in the fee payable for the examination.
He said the examination board also significantly reduced the amount paid for examination by foreign applicants, maintaining that it was aimed at encouraging huge number of them.
Oloyede added that the agency introduced Central Admission Processing System (CAPS) in the bid to address the imbalance observed in the admission process for the applicants.
He noted that with the introduction of the system, the process of admission into higher institutions of learning in the country has become more transparent, saying there was no need for any institution to come to the headquarters of the board for certain rectitude.
Oloyede stated that the board had expanded its facilities by spending N1 billion last year, adding that 15,000 centres would be created for prospective UTME candidates this year.
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