UTME: Candidates, parents
decry extra charges, centre
Less than 48 hours to the commencement of the 2017
Unified Tertiary Matriculation Examination , complaints of
extortion , posting to distant centres and complications in
printing e – slips have emerged .
Candidates who spoke with our correspondent on Thursday
lamented the cancellation of their mock examination
centres , payment of extra charges for corrections on their
examination forms and difficulty in printing exam slips .
This is just as the Joint Admissions and Matriculation
Board said that slips could be printed from its website,
from candidates’ email and at computer – based test
centres / cyber cafes . The board added that some mock
examinations centres were cancelled because “they gave
us wrong information . ’’
Registration for the 2017 UTME ended on Friday with 1 ,
736 , 571 candidates , including 321 who are visually –
A candidate resident in Lagos told our correspondent that
she was posted to a centre at the Federal Polytechnic,
Ilaro , Ogun State .
She said , “ I am not complaining but the examination time
has been fixed for 7 am . That means I have to be there
early on Saturday or rent a hotel room on Friday. The
additional cost is annoying . ’’
Also expressing his disappointment at the examination
location of his daughter, a parent, Mr . Deji Akindele, said
his daughter who registered for the UTME in Lagos was
posted to a town in Kwara State .
“ I have decided that she will not take part in the
examination. She will sit for it next year. While she was
registering for the exam , her examination town was listed
as Igboho /Saki/ Ago – Amodu in Oyo State but by the time
we printed her exam slip on Thursday , the examination
town was listed as Igboho/ Saki/ Ago -Amodu in Kwara
State . It is so confusing . But I can never release her to go
to Kwara State . I remember a newspaper story of a girl
who died when she went to a town to sit for a post- UTME
test , ’’ he said .
Another candidate who spoke with our correspondent said
that her mock examination centre was cancelled on the
examination day , without an explanation .
She said , “ I am prepared for the UTME but I am afraid
that my centre may be cancelled . Nobody from my centre ,
Shoms International College , Odutayo , Kilo, Lagos , was
able to sit for the mock examination about two weeks ago
. We got there on the examination day and a woman told
us that it had been cancelled . We waited , thinking that
something would happen but nobody did the examination.
Up till now , nobody has offered us an explanation and my
fear is that this could also happen during the UTME proper .
Yet another candidate , who also craved anonymity,
complained that JAMB charged an extra N2 , 500 for his
failing to fill his state of origin and local government area
on the form . On JAMB website, it stated that “ Change of
UTME subject combination is free . Changes for Name ,
Course /Institution , Passport and Date of Birth are 2 , 500 .
He said , “ When I finished filling my form , I scrolled it up
to check if I had missed out some areas and immediately I
went back to submit it. I did not know that the value for
state of origin and local government area that I filled had
been deleted by the system . Immediately I submitted , I
noted that the two values are missing and I went on JAMB
website where it was stated in , the correction of data
section that you have to pay N2 , 500 for any value not
“ It was not my fault . There was no save button on the
form and you could not return to complete it once you
logged in . I went to Zenith Bank and paid but I still could
not correct the error . I went back to the site and
discovered that I would be able to effect the correction
only after I gained admission . It is not fair because there is
supposed to be a save button on the form . I see this as a
deliberate act to extort Nigerians . ’’
However , the Head of Information , JAMB , has said that
corrections are done immediately payment is made at the
bank. He added that values such as change of course /
institution , gender , date of birth , name as well as state
and local government area had to be paid for .
“ There are some values , such as the date of birth that
cannot be changed no matter how much you paid .
Correction of subject is free. If you want to sit for Physics
and you filled Mathematics , you can change it. But every
other correction is not free. And, once you pay , the error is
corrected . It is not true that you have to wait for admission
to correct the errors .
“ Most candidates who have yet to print their examination
slips have misplaced their emails . But you can print from
JAMB ’ s website, from your email and from CBT centres
for N100 . As for the mock examination, it was meant to
test our system . About three or four centres were
cancelled because they gave us wrong information . We did
not charge for mock examination, ’’ he said .
Meanwhile , the JAMB Registrar , Prof Is- haq Oloyede, has
said a syndicate at the Federal Government Science
Technical College , Orozo, Abuja , impersonated the board
and demanded N 200 from each candidate to reprint
examination slips .
Oloyede , on Tuesday at a briefing on the 2017 UTME , said
he called the phone number , which sent the fraudulent text
message from the college , and the culprit was visibly
The registrar , while noting that JAMB would go tough on
fraudsters , said the examination would hold in 624 centres
across the country, with 10 invigilators attached to each
He said , “We urge all candidates not to fall for the ploy of
fraudsters who are out there to defraud them. A case was
at the Federal Government Science Technical College ,
Orozo , which kept sending bulk messages to candidates to
come and reprint their slips , claiming to be from JAMB .
“ This message from FGTC Orozo , which claimed to be
from JAMB , reads thus … ‘ Dear UTME candidates, visit
Federal Science Technical College Orozo CBT Centre for
your JAMB examination slip , reprint or call this number for
“ I myself called the number and challenged the person . He
immediately denied when he knew who I was and said they
were doing the reprinting free. But when I asked him to
give the phone to any nearby student , the student
confessed that he had paid N200 to have his slip reprinted .
I therefore assured the fraudster that I would mention him
at his briefing and he should come over and defend
“ Candidates are hereby informed that there will be no
rescheduling of any examination. The UTME shall begin on
May 13 and end on May 20 . The examination will hold
simultaneously in 624 centres in Nigeria . Each centre has
no less than 10 invigilators . ”
Oloyede said a total of 1 , 736 , 571 had registered to take
the examination, urging candidates to desist from
malpractices as each centre would be monitored by the
Closed Circuit Television .
“A total of 321 visually impaired candidates registered for
this year ’ s examination and adequate arrangements have
been provided to ensure that they partake in the
examination, ” he added .