The Joint Admissions and Matriculation Board revealed on Saturday that more than 1.16 million tertiary institutions admission seekers have registered to sit for the joint university entrance exam in 2023.
The Registrar of JAMB, Professor Ishaq Oloyede, stated this on Saturday, during a monitoring tour of some computer-based test centres in Abuja.
Oloyede, during the tour visited the CBT centre located at Total Child International School, Dutse, JAMB Abuja zonal office, Life Camp, Global Distance Learning Institute and Sascon International College, Abuja respectively.
He also said the Board would not extend the deadline for the 2023 UTME registration, while warning centres against extortion of candidates.
The sale of the 2023 UTME commenced on Saturday, January, 14, 2023, and is set to close on Tuesday, February 14, 2023
“The UTME is not a school-based examination, its individual candidates and you can see what that school is doing, collecting N30, 000 from candidates in the name of JAMB and then end up mixing up the telephone number of the candidates.
“So, once they keep the telephone number of candidates, it is unlikely that the candidates when we are contacting them, if we want to make a change in their timetable; you send text to them and it will not get to them. After they have graduated from the school and want to do change of course, they don’t have access to it.
“That is a way of extorting the parents and we will take adequate steps to make sure that we stop that. One of the reasons is that we will tell every CBT centre to stop doing bulk purchase of pin and bulk registration so if a center sells more than one pin to a source or collect money for more than one pin from a source, then we will sanction such centre.”
Speaking further, Oloyede who is a former vice-chancellor of the University of Ilorin urged candidates to report cases of extortion, saying that there is a code for candidates to reach the board when they come across any case of extortion.