LATEST information reaching our news desk today, is coming directly from the Joint Admissions and Matriculation Board (JAMB), where the management disclosed that all candidates who intend to gain admission into Universities through Direct Entry that they will be required to sit for a school-based aptitude test, and not the usual Unified Tertiary Matriculation Examination (UTME) as it was previously done.
The JAMB Management disclosed that all students who had already been matriculated into higher academic institutions of learning were not qualified and eligible to participate for the UTME.
According to the Public Relations Officer of JAMB, Mr. Fabian Benjamin who confirmed this report on Monday in a telephone interview with our correspondent.
He said and I quote below;
“Direct Entry candidates are now required to attempt an aptitude test which is school-based. They are not required anymore to sit for the UTME exams. Please note that the school based aptitude test is from the universities.
However, the new JAMB book which was introduced by the board, will be used by Direct Entry candidates for the aptitude tests that will be conducted by the universities. It is very important for all students to note here, that those with matriculation numbers of universities are not qualified and eligible to sit for the UTME. If they are not satisfied with their chosen disciplines, they can ask for transfer.’’
While speaking to News Men, Mr. Fabian Benjamin is confident that all the hitches been faced by candidates won’t stop the expected number of 1.5 Million candidates to register before the April 19th deadline. Speaking to newsmen, Mr. Fabian disclosed and I quote below;
“We have noted this precedent and we have introduced Remita and Interswitch to ease the stress of registration been faced by candidates. This is in addition to more than 17 banks that are registering candidates. We used to have just three banks in the past.
He further went on to stress this, when he said and I quote; “We registered 600,000 candidates in 10 days and if we go on at this pace, this means that within a space of 20 days, we would have registered 1.2million UTME candidates. We want Nigerians to be patient and every eligible candidate will be registered by April 19th, when the registration will close.”