The Joint Admissions and Matriculation Board (JAMB) on Thursday disclosed that registration for 2019/ 2020 Unified Tertiary Matriculation Examination (UTME) will commence in December but did not give any specific date that would commence.
JAMB‘s spokesman, Fabian Benjamin announced this while addressing newsmen during the conduct of promotion exercise for the Nigerian Customs Service (NCS), at the board’s Computer Based Test (CBT) Centre in Abuja.
He noted that while there had been no specific date fixed to commence the UTME registration for 2019, there are plans already in place to make the announcement soon.
He observed that the board was initially waiting for the pronouncement of the presidency on the reduction of the examinations fee, which was formally announced on Wednesday.
EduCeleb.com recalls that the Federal Executive Council (FEC) on Wednesday approved the downward review of the examination registration fees from N5,000 to N3,500 effective from January 2019.
The Minister of Education, Adamu Adamu, announced this after the meeting.
JAMB had between 2017 and 2018 UTME exercises remitted about N15 billion to the government.
Mr Adamu had said that that reduction of fee was necessary considering the concerns that JAMB was not a revenue generating agency.
Benjamin said it was commendable what the President had done as he was someone, who had always had the interest of the masses at heart and would prove to ensure that no Nigerian was deprived of tertiary education.
”The president has overtime, expressed concern that the charges were high.
”Our consistent remittance has proven that something could actually be done and even if charges are reduced, examinations can still be conducted with no service suffering any issue of funding.
”The president has taken this bold step, we will see what happens after this reduction and if need be for further reduction, Mr President will do so in no distant time because he has concerns for the ordinary Nigerian on the streets.”