The Joint Admissions and Matriculation Board (JAMB) says January 2019 will mark the commencement of the sales of forms and registration for the 2019/2020 Unified Tertiary Matriculation Examination (UTME).
Emmanuel Ndukwe who sits as Chairman of the Board made the disclosure to journalists on Abuja on Wednesday in an event put together to celebrate and send-off some staff of the board who just retired.
Some speculations have gone rife that JAMB will begin the 2019 registration in December, a claim the board has declared as untrue.
A fee of N3,500 have been approved by the Federal Government for the purchasing of forms.
Ndukwe said the price reduction was occasioned by recommendations from the management and the board to the federal government since the previous price tag of N5, 000 was becoming a challenge for some parents to pay.
Ndukwe thanked the government for the approval but however lamented that the reduction will take a toll on the board’s yearly remittance to the federal government.
“You are aware that the federal government has reduced the cost of JAMB forms from N5,000 to N3,500 but it is going to take effect from next year.”
“Therefore, if we start selling the forms today, we will still sell at the cost of N5,000 because the approval does not cover for now, that is why we have shifted the sale of the forms to any date from first of January.”
“It is a very good move from the federal government based on our recommendations.”
“Even though we are returning money to the coffers of the Federal Government, our primary objective is not just to make money.”
“That money is coming from somewhere and it is difficult for some people to raise that money and pay for the forms, even though JAMB form is among the cheapest in the whole world,” he said.
Ndukwe also mentioned that the 2018/2019 admission year had witnessed the admission of 470,000 candidates across universities in Nigeria and that the process was still ongoing.
He noted that the Central Admission Processing System (CAPS) will be fully employed in the forth coming admission adding that it was “the best thing that will happen to education in Nigeria.”
“If any child is qualified, CAPS system will guarantee that he or she is admitted. CAPS will come into full operation from 2019. You don’t need to know anybody to have admission and that is our mission now,” he said.