The registration for the Unified Tertiary Matriculation Examination (UTME) and Direct Entry (DE) originally scheduled to commence on Thursday has been put on hold by the Joint Admission and Matriculation Board (JAMB).

The Boards Head of Media and protocol, Dr. Fabian Benjamin made this known in a statement, explaining that the delay was a result of the exams body’s effort to ensure that candidates have access to its registration app for the 2021 UTME/DE, and also to finalize work on its pin vending process before the take-off of the exercise.

Potential candidates had thronged the various registration Centres across the country to begin their registration but were left frustrated and disappointed when they could not get access to the JAMB registration app.

EDUCARE NEWS  reporters visited some  JAMB registration centres in Lagos to inspect the conduct of the exercise which eventually did not take place.

At Linar school of Media in Igando, candidates turned back when it became obvious the registration exercise will not take place, the Secretary of the institute, Samiat Shittu-Gbeko explained to our reporter the situation and the challenges as it concerns the purported registration.

She said “ This year you have to send your NIN number to 5501, and one lady just tried it, but it is not working yet, which means JAMB is not yet ready 100 percent, they are trying to merge the two websites, that is JAMB and NIMC, so it is not yet working, even the registration materials just arrive yesterday afternoon, and most registration centres don’t have theirs yet, hopefully by Monday everything should be stable.

The news going around that the exercise would be postponed, and once they postpone registration it will definitely affect the exam date because there are three weeks between registration and exams.”

Our reporter was also at another registration centre, “Brain Builders academy in Egbeda, the story was not different as some candidates look confused with the situation.

Brain Builders Egbeda.

A staff of the academy who pleaded anonymity spoke with EDUCARE NEWS

He said, “ the exercise has not commenced in all the centres, though it was supposed to officially begin today, this is the first day and we experience this kind of delay,  we are still waiting for the activation, they are updating their server, JAMB is trying to integrate the NIN, once that is done, the registration will commence.”

Meanwhile, the Joint Admissions and Matriculation Board through a statement by Head of Media and Protocols, Dr Fabian, has apologized for the delay in the commencement of its registration exercise which it said was “speculated” to begin on Thursday.

He said, “To be sure all processes are completed before the commencement, the Board didn’t place its advertorial as it was yet to complete the process of a smooth pin vending and candidate access to the registration app for the 2021 UTME/DE.

“The advertisement is the surest indication of the beginning of the exercise as it has all the step-by-step process that candidates are required to follow.

“However, this delay is caused by some unforeseen circumstances occasioned by our determined effort to have a NIN integration.

“This challenge is being resolved and once that is done, all processes shall commence.

“Candidates are therefore requested to exercise some patience. The process shall be up and running shortly for our advertisement to be rollout so that candidates can begin the creation of the profile.”

Recall that Joint Admissions and Matriculation Board (JAMB) on Wednesday, March 24, 2021, announced that it has started the 2021 Unified Tertiary Matriculation Examination (UTME) and Direct Entry (DE) registration.

The exam body also noted that all potential candidates must provide their National Identity Card (NIN) at the point of registration.

Registration is expected to take place in 700 centres across the country; with the list available in all the state offices of JAMB and on its website at www.jamb.gov.ng

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