Some categories of candidates who registered to take part in the 2021 unified tertiary matriculation examination (UTME) but are yet to sit the examination for various ‘genuine’ reasons have been rescheduled to sit the examination on August 6.
This is coming two days after the examination body announced the withdrawal of results of 14 candidates and withheld 90 others’ for allegedly being involved in various forms of examination malpractice.
In a statement issued on Thursday by JAMB and signed by its spokesperson, Fabian Benjamin, a total of 18,000 candidates will participate in the rescheduled examination.
The statement listed the concerned candidates to include those “who could not be initially scheduled for examination owing to their inability to timely procure and supply their mandatory NINs or profile codes,” and “who encountered peculiar biometric verification problems, or who failed biometric verification on the examination date,” among others.
The statement issued by the examination body is reproduced below:
MOP-UP UTME HOLDS FRIDAY, 6th AUGUST, 2021…JAMB
“Following a detailed investigation and careful analysis of the highly-successful 2021 UTME, and with due consultation (resulting in gracious concession) with the National Examination Council (NECO) concerning the timetable of the council’s ongoing SSCE, JAMB has scheduled a Mop-up UTME for Friday, 6th August, 2021, in some selected locations across the nation.
About 18,000 candidates slated for the examination are being notified through both text messages on their designated phone numbers and their JAMB profiles. In addition, the candidate can check using their registration number on http://www.jamb.gov.ng/2021mopup.
For the avoidance of doubt, no candidate whose result has been duly released will be rescheduled for another examination contrary to the sponsored fake news being circulated on the social (and few mischievous conventional) media.
The rescheduled candidates are in the following categories:
i. Candidates who could not be initially scheduled for examination owing to their inability to timely procure and supply their mandatory NINs or profile codes until after the close of the registration exercise and, therefore, had to purchase Bank Drafts (as against the usual vending of PINs) after the scheduled period for the examination and were later registered.
ii. Few candidates who encountered peculiar biometric verification problems, or who failed biometric verification on the examination date (and were recaptured) but were not allowed to partake in the examination.
(Adequate screening arrangements have been made to reverify such claims and any candidate found to be involved in any form of impersonation will be identified for prosecution).
iii. Candidates who were unable to sit for the UTME owing to the clash of timetables of the UTME and the then ongoing NABTEB examinations and whose particulars have been verified and supplied directly to JAMB by NABTEB, and
iv. Candidates who have been ascertained by JAMB to have experienced genuine rescheduling/technical problems as was the case in 30 of the 760 centres used for the examination.
The rescheduled candidates are to print fresh examination notification slips containing the venue and time of the examination. The slips are to be printed from the JAMB website https://www.jamb.gov.ng using the candidates’ registration number from Sunday, 1st August, 2021.
The Board strongly advises candidates to avoid supplying their vital information including registration number to fraudsters who are abound especially in cybercafe(s), tutorial centres springing up almost everywhere in the nation as a result of the illicit activities of examination syndicates. CBT centres approved by JAMB which are consistently monitored are relatively more secure for printing examination notification slips by candidates who cannot print such on their own.”