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Reps want UTME registration deadline extended

The House of Representatives on Tuesday called for the extension of the deadline for the 2017 registration of Unified Tertiary Matriculation Examination.

The house mandated its Committee on Tertiary Education and Services to liaise with the Joint Matriculation and Admission Board to ensure that the extension call was honoured.

In the motion, a member representing Kano Damburam Nuhu called for one-month extension on the exercise, saying that it would create additional time for more prospective applicants to register for the examination.

He said that the slow process of the registration frustrated some applicants from registering. According to him, some of the approved centres are registering 250 applicants at a time and most of them are not spacious and do not have adequate computers.

He urged JAMB to specify requirements, including safety measures, which qualified any centre to participate in the conduct of the UTME computer-based test. The lawmaker also stated the need for the house to invite the JAMB Registrar, Prof. Ishaq Oloyede, to explain the proficiency of the computer-based process of registration for applicants in rural areas.

The Committee is expected to carry out the assignment within one week.

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