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Upon hitches, JAMB says it has registered 800,000 candidates in 17 days

The Joint Admissions and Matriculation Board (JAMB) said on Wednesday that 800,000 candidates have registered since the sales of UTME form began on March 20.

Head of Information, Dr Fabian Benjamin, said in Lagos that the introduction of the Remita mode of payment has improved the process of acquiring registration documents.

Before now, prospective candidates for the 2017 all Computer Based Testing (CBT) had urged the board to consider extending the registration period due to the multiple challenges accompanying the process.

Many of them argued that the process is frustrating and stressful which forced them to call for the deadline extension in order to capture all.

But JAMB said the introduction of the remita mode of payment had mitigated the challenges faced by the candidates in acquiring the e-pins, saying “This measure has doubled the rate of the registration as over 800,000 candidates have registered”.

“I want to assure all candidates that are desirous of registering for this examination, will not be left out.

“We are working hard to ensure that no Nigerian child is denied of his or her right of advancing in education.

“What we are doing currently is for the benefit of not only these candidates, but for the entire Nigerians.

“We do not intend to extend the registration deadline as we are sure that all of the candidates will be duly registered”.

In the last five year, JAMB had been recording not less than 1.5m applicants registering for the exams.

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