JAMB clarifies extra UTME fees

The Joint Admissions and Matriculation Board (JAMB) has clarified the additional fees that Unified Tertiary Matriculation Examination (UTME) candidates will be required to pay.

Professor Ishaq Oloyede, the JAMB registrar, while appearing before the House of Representatives committee on basic education at the national assembly on Wednesday, December 20, explained that the extra money the candidates will be paying was meant for the operators of the Computer Based Test (CBT), saying the operators have charged the money to cover the high fuel cost in the country.

The JAMB registrar further explained that the exam body only facilitated the collection of the payments in order to prevent operators from exploiting the candidates.

His statement reads in part: “You can see from the press in the past week that JAMB has increased the cost. What we have done is allow the CBT centres to charge more than they are charging. But because we are going to collect it for them, why are we collecting it? Because if we leave them alone, they will extort the students, and they will be collecting N4000 or N5000. That is why we said pay to us, and we would transfer it to you weekly.”

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