With less than 24 hours into the end of registration for your 2021 Unified Tertiary Matriculation Examination (UTME) and Direct Entry (DE) by the Joint Admissions and Matriculation Board (JAMB), scores of applicants are still finding it hard to complete the compulsory registration formalities.
An analysis showed that many candidates are still being confronted with difficulties to create the essential codes for setting up profiles with their unique National Identification Number (NIN).
Besides, a good number of potential candidates are still grappling with NIN registration despite having huge sums of cash to fast track the registration protocols.
Remember the JAMB commenced sales of form to the 2021 UTME/DE registration from 8th April. Which the registration is expected to close tomorrow Saturday, 15th May 2021.
Given the difficulty to satisfy the registration deadline parents and candidates have resorted to JAMB for an extension to enable candidates to perfect the procedure.
A female candidate and resident of the Itamaga area of Ikorodu expressed concern as her favourite telecommunication firm couldn’t link her NIN with the phone number.
A message in the telecommunication reads: “No record found for NIN, assess NIN or try again after 24 hours.”
Another candidate, who pleaded anonymity, said he found it hard to progress to the next stage of registration following the struggle to obtain the NIN.
However, an unconfirmed record showed that ahead of the May 15 deadline for enrollment, only 1,012,000 candidates have registered for the UTME and about 30,000 candidates to the DE programme.
Data published by Jambulletun proves that over the first week of enrollment, a total of 130,749 applicants were seized for its UTME. This climbed 316,132 and 8,490 for UTME and Direct Entry on April 26th.
This improved to 845,517 for UTME and 38,886 for Direct Entry candidates as of May 19, 2021.
A guardian, Mr. Anthony Ibe heaped the blame on the telecommunication operators for the delayed response to transporting codes created to applicants.
“JAMB stated we shouldn’t use the prepaid phone. I purchased an ordinary phone and also the challenge is to abate. Why has it become hard to deploy a simple technology to ease the manners of accomplishing things in Nigeria.
“Whoever cares to hear, my defender must not lose out on the examination. He’s stayed and waited too long,” he cried.
But, there are signs that the Board can currently public outcry and postpone the registration exercise.
Recall the UTME test had previously been scheduled to commence on Saturday, June 5th and finish on Saturday, June 19th, 2021.
Meanwhile, efforts to achieve Fabian Benjamin, Head, Public Affairs and Protocol, JAMB for a response failed as at the time of filing this report.
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