JAMB has taken a new turn as it has broken a new record after 39 years with 1.7 million students registered for the UTME in 2017. Although the registration process has been fraught with problems, the spokesperson said they were please with the number.

1.7 million candidates were registered at the close of the website by 12 midnight on Friday, May 5, 2017. The Joint Admissions and Matriculation Board (JAMB) spokesperson has announced that a new record has been set by the body.

A record 1.7 million people have registered for this year’s Unified Tertiary Matriculation Examination (UTME). The spokesperson said: “We registered a number that has never been done in the entire 39 years of the existence of JAMB within a time frame Nigerians were sceptical about.

Below is the statement:
The Joint Admissions and Matriculation Board, JAMB, has concluded the sale of 2017 Unified Tertiary Matriculation Examination, UTME, application document in grand style recording over 1.7 million candidates at the close of the site by 12 midnight on Friday May 5 2017.

The Board urges Nigerians to have trust in its processes as they are meant to enhance productivity, eliminate examination malpractice and promote transparency to an unprecedented level.

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We registered a number that has never been done in the entire 39 years of the existence of JAMB within a time frame Nigerians were sceptical about. The highest we have ever had was 1.5 million, this is record breaking.

We will look at the system so far and make adjustments where necessary to ensure a full proof process of registration and examination. We are always sure of our systems and will continue to expand our frontiers of thinking to transform the Board to an agency that Nigerians will be proud of.

JAMB wishes to state clearly that it will continue to be very open in all its activities and ensure inclusiveness even in the areas of its finances. The disclosure of the actual number of candidates registered is a clear invitation for the public to know what the Board has realised from the sale for this year and we are not perturbed because we have nothing to hide in our dealings.

We are determined to make Nigerians proud of us. Examination is all about transparency and an agency that conducts such a competitive examination must be above board in all its life cycle.

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As we conduct the 2017 examination beginning from Saturday May 13, we call on all Nigerians to give us the needed support. We will do our very best and where they notice challenges, we will work without hesitation to ensure that it is corrected immediately for candidates to have a smooth examination.

Nigerians should note that there could be one or two challenges in some centres; but the most important thing is our ability to urgently address such when they rear their face. We use this opportunity to call for patriotism. Let us learn to always support our agencies, they are not as bad as we are always quick to want them to be.

Nations are grown through innovation and there is no innovation if there is no trial. Please don’t be quick to condemn, rather look at the end result and see how all of us can contribute to the Nigerian education of our dream. We have resolved to bell the cat in order for other public examination agencies to thrive.

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We will also not be distracted by some highly placed Nigerians who, for selfish personal interest of what they were making but which they are no longer making through corrupt practices and others for sheer envy and personal grudges against actors in JAMB, resolved to do everything to paint all our processes even at infancy level in bad light.

Thank God, the number of registration and short period as against the six months in the past has vindicated us.
Meanwhile, following the close of registration for the 2017 Unified Tertiary Matriculation Examination (UTME) today Friday, May 5, JAMB has raked in N8.5bn from the sale of forms.

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