The Joint Admission and Matriculation Board (JAMB) on Saturday said it has postponed the dates for the 2021 Unified Tertiary Matriculation Examination (UTME) and mock examinations.
There is now two-week extension for the exercise.
Instead of May 15 deadline for registration it is now May 29.
Also, 2021 UTME Mock earlier scheduled for May 20 would now hold on June 3, and the UTME would hold from June 19 to July 3.
The JAMB Register, Prof. Ishaq Oloyede, who announced the shift at press conference in Abuja on Saturday, said the decision was taken at a 2-day stakeholders’ meeting to move the date forward because of reports of delay in registration across the country.
According to the JAMB boss, the board had identified challenges in registration and as such proffering solution to them.
He said: “We are extending the date owing to challenges candidates faced during registration. Following this, 2021 UTME Mock earlier scheduled for May 20 would now hold on June 3, while the UTME would hold from June 19 to July 3.
“Field reports showed a huge improvement in the processes. As at today, 1,134,424 candidates have so far registered.
“Stakeholders undertook on the spot assessment of the CBT centres and discovered lapses which warranted the extension.
“The challenges among others include candidates non-compliance with registration requirements, using the wrong format to generate profile code and using multiple phone numbers, among others.
“The board would disburse a monitoring team to the states of the federation and direct CBT centers to stop selling e-pins. The board would also sanction any CBT centers that violated the board’s requirements.
‘Therefore, we implore the Ministry of Education to help discourage parents to desist from registering underage children to pursue tertiary education.”