With less than 24 hours into the end of registration for the 2021 Unified Tertiary Matriculation Examination (UTME) and Direct Entry (DE) by the Joint Admissions and Matriculation Board (JAMB), scores of candidates are finding it difficult to complete the compulsory registration statute.
An analysis was shown that many candidates are still being confronted with issues to create the required codes for establishing profiles with their unique National Identification Number (NIN).
Besides, a good number of potential candidates are still grappling with NIN registration despite having huge amounts of cash to fast track the enrollment protocols.
Recall that the JAMB initiated earnings of form to the 2021 UTME/DE enrollment from 8th April. That the registration is expected to close tomorrow Saturday, 15th May 2021.
Given the problem to satisfy the registration deadline tomorrow, parents and candidates have resorted to JAMB to get an extension to allow applicants to correct the procedure.
A female candidate and resident of the Itamaga region of Ikorodu expressed concern as her preferred telecommunication company couldn’t link her NIN with the phone number.
A message from the telecommunication reads: “No record found for NIN, assess NIN or try again after 24 hours”
Another offender, who pleaded anonymity, said that he found it difficult to advance to another phase of registration after the battle to obtain the NIN.
However unconfirmed record revealed that before the May 15 deadline for registration, only 1,012,000 candidates have registered for its UTME and approximately 30,000 candidates to the DE programme.
Data published by Jambulletun proves that within the first week of registration, a total of 130,749 applicants were seized for its UTME. This climbed to 316,132 and 8,490 for UTME and Direct Entry as of April 26th.
This improved to 845,517 for UTME and 38,886 for Direct Entry applicants as of May 19, 2021.
A guardian, Mr. Anthony Ibe heaped the blame on the telecommunication operators for the delayed response to transporting codes created to candidates.
“JAMB stated we should not utilize the pre-paid phone. I purchased an ordinary telephone and the challenge is to abate. Why has it become hard to deploy a very simple technology to lessen the manners of accomplishing things in Nigeria.
“Whoever fails to hear, my ward must not lose out on the examination. He has stayed and waited too long,” he cried.
However, there are indications that the Board can now public outcry and postpone the registration exercise.
Recall that the UTME evaluation had previously been scheduled to commence on Saturday, June 5th and end on Saturday, June 19th, 2021.
Meanwhile, attempts to reach Fabian Benjamin, Head, Public Affairs and Protocol, JAMB for a reaction failed as at the time of filing this report.