JAMB Says No Plan To Increase UTME Fees

The Joint Admissions and Matriculation Board (JAMB) said on Saturday that it had no immediate plans to increase the cost of registration forms for its Computer-Based Tests.

The Public Relations Officer of JAMB, Mr Fabian Benjamin, who made the statement in an interview in Lagos, said that the board intended to work within its available resources for subsequent CBTs.

“If there is the need to increase, parents would be informed on why there is an increase,” he said.

Benjamin spoke against the backdrop of reported plans by the board to increase the cost of the forms.

He said that this year’s Unified Tertiary Matriculation Examination was capital intensive because of the Paper-Pencil and Computer-Based Test that were held this year.

“The examination this year was capital intensive but subsequently it will not be so.

“The reason was that two types of examinations were held this year without any increase in budgetary allocation for exams.
File: Candidates writing the UTME at the University of Abuja, Saturday.

Candidates writing the UTME at the University of Abuja, Saturday.

“Subsequently, the cost of printing of papers for 23 subjects of 15 pages for about two million people will no longer be there.”

According to him, the Federal Government had assisted in reducing the financial burden of the exam on parents and guardians by directing JAMB to reduce the cost of forms from N4,600 to N4,000.

“The objective of the CBT is to make our education system more effective, to give the candidates the right orientation about examination, which should transcend to the university level.

“Its objective is also to curb examination malpractices,” he said. [NAN]