House of Representatives calls for extension of UTME registration deadline

The House of Representatives has called for the extension of the deadline for the 2017 registration of Unified Tertiary Matriculation Examination – UTME, thus mandating its Committee on Tertiary Education and Services to liaise with the Joint Matriculation and Admission Board – JAMB, to ensure that the extension call was honoured.

This emanated from the adoption of a motion by Representative Damburam Nuhu of Kano state. In the motion, Nuhu called for one month extension on the exercise, saying that it would create additional time for more prospective applicants to register for the examination.

According to him, out of over 1.5million secondary school students expected to register for the examination, only 600,000 were able to register for the exercise two weeks into the one month period allotted to it.

The lawmaker also stated the need for the house to invite the JAMB Registrar, Prof. Ishaq Oloyede, to explain the proficiency of the computer-based process of registration for applicants in rural areas.

The Committee is expected to carry out the assignment within one week.

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