The Joint Admissions and Matriculation Board (JAMB) says preparations are ongoing for commencement of sale of registration documents for its 2023/2024 Unified Tertiary Matriculation Examination (UTME).
The Registrar of the board, Prof. Ishaq Oloyede, gave the assurance during a media chat on Sunday in Lagos. He was reacting to a speculation that JAMB might not conduct UTME for 2023/2024 session due to the effects of the protracted strike by Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU) on admissions into public universities.
He described the strike as unfortunate, saying, however, that many of the affected universities were able to come up with innovative ways to tackle backlogs.
The JAMB boss said that, with effect from 2023, all new centres to be accredited for UTME must provide only laptops for conduct of the examination, to eradicate system collapse due to disruptions in power supply, while existing centres using desktops must provide backups such as UPS to keep the systems going during the examination in the event of any disruption in power supply.
Oloyede added that henceforth candidates would pay N1,000 at the point of registration for both the mock and the real UTME, to help in cushioning the effect of the high cost of energy used in running the CBT centres throughout the entire period of the exercise.