2022 JAMB registration -Number of 2022 applicants increases more than 1.4 million registered in 2021
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At the close of 2022 registration, Unified Tertiary Matriculation Examination (UTME) and Direct Entry (DE) programme on Saturday, the Joint Admissions and Matriculation Board (JAMB) gave a total number of 1,837,011 candidates nationwide as successfully registered between February 19 and March 26.
This was seen in latest weekly bulletin by JAMB released on Sunday night.
An estimated revenue of N8.6 billion was generated as N4,700 registration fee was paid by applicants.
From the huge sum, a total of 776 computer-based test centres will share an estimated amount of N1.3 billion at the rate of N700 per candidate registered by each of the centres for being part of it.
JAMB has promised support for the CBT centre owners in respite to the sudden increase of diesel and the unstable power supply suffered nationwide recently.
The examination body said it feels the plight of its partners, and plead for their understanding, saying it would seek necessary approvals to grant them the necessary support as may be deemed appropriate.
‘More than Expectation’
The exam body gave an estimate of 1.5 million candidates as targets to be registered and 50,000 per day. During an inspection of the CBT centres during the registration, the JAMB registrar, Is-haq Oloyede, based on the body’s calculation, 1.5 million candidates are being expected to complete their registration at the end of the exercise.
Speaking at the weekend with our reporter, JAMB’s head of media and protocol, Fabian Benjamin, said the figure registered has exceeded the body’s expectation. A laudable achievement.
He said unlike in the past when the adoption of the National Identification Number (NIN) posed a challenge for applicants as it was made compulsory, there had been little or no complaints in the just concluded exercise.
He commended the National Identity Management Commission (NIMC) for a seamless exercise, he called for more synergy with the organisation and other relevant agencies.
The number of registered applicants in the year 2022 exercise is higher than roughly 1.4 million candidates who were registered in 2021.
A refund by JAMB to some candidates who were unable to complete their registration in 2021 but paid the fee.
Bags of complaints
Meanwhile, some applicants also expressed frustration in their efforts to generate their profile codes through the use of their NIN.
Some of the applicants said they could not retrieve profile codes as directed by JAMB over NIMC’s failure to upload their NIN.
The development of NIN posed as a challenge to many, it took the intervention “of many people” before NIMC could update her NIN “as I was only able to register less than 24 hours to the close of the registration exercise for the year.”
The development also denied many the opportunity to register for the Mock Examination which JAMB had fixed for April.
“The mock examination is for those who are able to register early but many could not meet up because their NIN was not active. The report had it that many couldn’t meet up due to the problem and so, wouldn’t be able to partake in the mock examination.
Confirming the development, the president of the National Association of Proprietors of Private Schools (NAPPS) and founder of Lagooz Schools in Lagos, Yọmi Otubela, said some applicants had faced similar challenges at the centre, and that efforts to get the matter addressed proved abortive.
Mr. Otubela advised the exam body to find a way to deal with such technical issues and also compensate the applicants directly affected by providing alternative means, else, many will be left frustrated.