The Joint Admissions and Matriculation Board has said that it registered 869,709 candidates for the 2019 Unified Tertiary Matriculation Examination, which is scheduled to hold in March.
JAMB stated this in its weekly bulletin from the office of the Registrar, Prof. Is-haq Oloyede, which was obtained by newsmen on Monday.
The board also said that it suspended nine Computer-Based Test centres that breached the code governing the 2019 registration exercise.
JAMB noted that some of the centres demanded higher fees than the amounts stipulated by the Federal Government.
According to the publication, the nine suspended centres are the University of Benin International ICT Centre, Iyayi, Benin, Edo State; Mardakem Limited by Methodist Boys High School, Oron, Akwa-Ibom State; Bintels Global Services, Aguleri, Anambra State; Noble and Shuaib ICT limited, Alor, Anambra State; Global ICT Connect, Makurdi, Benue State; DA Civic Centre, Benin City, Edo State; Medes ICT Centre, Okitipupa, Ondo State; Divine Success All CBT Centre, Iseyin, Oyo State; Riyom ICT Centre, Riyom Secretariat, Plateau State.
The board said, “Before commencing the 2019 UTME and Direct Entry registration exercise, a meeting with all CBT operators was convened in Lagos State, where the guidelines on the exercise were deliberated upon and laid out strictly for all to adhere to. The meeting had resolved that the cost of registration should not exceed N700.
“Unfortunately, findings from the board’s monitoring exercise revealed that some centres were charging higher than the stipulated figure directed by the Federal Government and equally agreed at during the Lagos meeting.”
The board added that 10 centres in Lagos and Plateau states were under investigation for the same offences, adding that it would convene a management meeting this week to take appropriate action on those centres.
In the breakdown of registration, Lagos State recorded the highest number of registered candidates, with 111,102 candidates, Kaduna State was second with 59,261 candidates and the Federal Capital Territory, Abuja, had 43,390 registered candidates.
Others are Oyo with 41,128 candidates; Benue, 36,080; Nasarawa, 35,940; Rivers, 35,749, and Ogun with 32,702 candidates.
The three states with the lowest registration are Jigawa, with 6,784 candidates; Sokoto, 4,881 candidates and Zamfara, 2,427 candidates.
JAMB reiterated that the electronic pin issued to candidates are not transferable, adding that an optional mock examination for the candidates would take place on Saturday, February 23, at accredited CBT centres nationwide.