Joint Admissions Matriculation Board laments low turnout of direct entry registration

The Joint Admissions and Matriculation Board (JAMB) has disclosed that there has been low turnout of applicants for the 2024 Direct Entry (DE) registration for the admission processes into Nigerian tertiary institutions.

Penpushing reports that the Public Relations Officer of the board, Fabian Benjamin made this known in a statement adding that the turnout has been underwhelming, adding that the authorities of the examination body expressed concerns.

The spokesperson pointed out that the examination body has made it clear that the registration is set to close on Monday, June 17, 2024, emphasizing that it would not extend the registration deadline, noting that despite expanding registration points beyond the Professional Registration Centres (PRCs) in Lagos, Kwara, Osun, and Ogun states, the anticipated number of candidates has yet to materialise.

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Penpushing further reports that Benjamin explained that the expansion to include additional registration centres was to accommodate all prospective Direct Entry candidates without hitches, as he identified key locations such as JKK Lagos, JAMB PRC, Ikoyi, and Ogba, Ikeja as most affected

“For instance, in some of these extra designated registration centres, less than 10 candidates had presented themselves for registration, whereas the installed capacity of such centres was over 100 candidates per day’, the statement reads.

‘This notwithstanding, eligible candidates wishing to register for the 2024 DE are urged to take advantage of this window of opportunity to register, as no further extension would be entertained by the Board’, Benjamin added

Penpushing also reports that the board reiterated that no further extensions will be granted, adding that eligible candidates are urged to utilise this last opportunity to register, as the board would not listen to any further call for extension when it eventually closes the exercise on Monday, June 17, 2024.”

The Public Relations Officer of the examination board added that it has scheduled the 2024 Supplementary Unified Tertiary Matriculation Examination (UTME) for Friday, June 21, and Saturday June 22, 2024.

“Furthermore, candidates, who printed their supplementary UTME notification slip, and saw their schedule reading Friday, 21 June 2024, needed not worry as it falls within the time allocated for the examination,” he said.

Penpushing reports that it is recalled that the 2024 Direct Entry registration commenced on Wednesday, February 28, and was supposed to end on Thursday March 28, however, after several subsequent considerations, the examination body extended the exercise to Monday, June 17, 2024.

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