The Joint Admissions and Matriculation Board (JAMB) said yesterday it would not extend its registration deadline for candidates yet to register.
The examination body was reacting to protests by secondary school pupils in Edo and Lagos states on the closure of registration portal ahead of the 2016 examination.
A statement by Head of Media for JAMB, Dr. Fabian Benjamin, in Abuja yesterday, said the board sympathised with the candidates, who were given about seven months to register.
It said the board needed to prepare for the UTME, which will be Computer-Based Test (CBT) mode expected to begin on Monday.
Some students on Friday in the two states protested an alleged sudden closure of the JAMB online registration portal by the examination body.
The statement reads: “The attention of the Joint Admissions and Matriculation Board has been drawn to the protest by some alleged UTME candidates in Benin and Lagos. The candidates were said to be protesting the closure of the board’s registration portal in preparation for the 2016 Examination, which is due to begin in less than a week.
“The board sympathises with the plight of these candidates and states as it is the wish of the board that Nigerians desirous of tertiary education are given opportunity to register for its examination, which was why it began the sale of its application documents last August, about seven months ago.
“In the advertisement for sale of the registration documents, the board stated that the sale would close by January, but due to appeal, it extended the registration process to February.”
The statement explained that the portal was close to allow the board prepare for the examination slated for the end of February, emphasising that the board will not allow candidates to register perpetually.
The board said it was unfortunate that some candidates waited until their website was withdrawn before making attempts to register.
The board added that over 1.5 million candidates applied for the examination and that it made preparation for them to sit for the exercise.
“There are no special centres anymore because they are being used as insecurity avenues,” the statement added.
The statement said JAMB was working “tirelessly to conduct one of the best examinations globally”.
On the posting of some candidates to far distances, JAMB said: “The board will like to correct the misconception created by candidates that the board posted them to far away centres. The board doesn’t post candidates to examination towns. Candidates chose the town of their choice while we send them to centres within their chosen towns,” it added.
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