In comparison to prior years, candidates have rated the registration process for the 2021 Unified Tertiary Matriculation Examination (UTME) as the most challenging. The need that they produce their National Identification Number (NIN) before starting the examination registration process was a significant hurdle that cost many people time and money. The process of submitting the NIN to JAMB in order to obtain a profile code – the first step before paying the ₦4,700 examination fee and subsequent online registration – stood in the way of many.
Despite the fact that Joint Admissions and Matriculations Board Registrar Prof. Is-haq Oloyede has consistently said that the procedure is seamless and that efforts to speed up registration have been implemented, many candidates may still be unable to register by the extended deadline on Saturday.
JAMB had to extend the registration deadline from May 15 to May 29 because just 1,134,424 candidates had registered for a test for which the Board had expected two million (over 1.9 million candidates took the examination last year).
Unfortunately, based on candidates’ experiences getting their NINs from National Identity Management Centres (NIMC) and other accredited outlets during final registration week, and the difficulties in getting their profile codes despite the introduction of a USSD alternative (550191*NIN#) to the text message method (SMS NIN to 55019), many candidates may still be unable to register for the exam.
Premium Times stated a week after the extension that 200,000 more candidates were able to register for the UTME and Direct Entry. Dr. Fabian Benjamin, the Head of Information and Protocol, told The Nation on Tuesday that he was not in the office to confirm the newest registration figures. Over 200,000 individuals applied for the DE last year, whereas 1.9 million applied for the UTME.
Despite this, Benjamin told The Nation that registration would be closed after Saturday.