The joint Admissions and Matriculation Board (JAMB) has announced the extension of the registration period for the 2023 Unified Tertiary Matriculation Examination (UTME).
A statement on Wednesday by the Board’s spokesperson, Dr. Fabian Benjamin indicated that the registration period was extended by one week starting from Wednesday, 15th February 2023.
According to the statement, “By this extension, the sale of ePINs would now end on Monday, 20th February 2023, while the UTME registration ends on Wednesday, 22nd February 2023.”
JAMB’s 2023 schedule of activities, as earlier released, had indicated that the closing date for the sale of both the ePINs and the 2023 UTME application documents was Tuesday, 14th February 2023.
“But at the close of the sale of ePINs on Tuesday, 14th February 2023; 1,527,068 candidates successfully registered for the 2023 UTME exercise inclusive of the 168,748, who indicated interest to participate in the mock-UTME,” he explained.
JAMB noted that based on its projections, had expanded its capacity to register up to 100,000 candidates per day, hoping to register all desiring candidates within the space of a few days.
It explained: “However, less than 50, 000 candidates were turning up for registration which is less than the installed registration capacity. But surprisingly, in the last two days before the earlier scheduled closing date, the pace picked up remarkably with over 100, 000 candidates registering on a daily basis.
“The Board, as a responsive and proactive agency, took cognizance of the reports from across the country indicating some difficulties being faced by many candidates in using electronic channels to purchase the ePINs or obtain cash readily within the stipulated period.
“It has, as a result, granted the extension to ensure that all candidates who desire to register for the 2023 UTME are given the opportunity to do so especially when the extant challenges are not of their own making.”