The Joint Admissions and Matriculation Board (JAMB) will open registration for the 2019 Unified Tertiary Matriculation Examination (UTME) on January 10, 2019.
The JAMB Registrar, Prof Is-haq Oloyede said at a stakeholders meeting with CBT Centre operators and others at the University of Lagos on Thursday the sale of e-PIN for the examination would last for six weeks.
He however did not give the actual examination dates.
Oloyede had initially announced January 3 as commencement date for the sale of forms but changed it to January 10, 2018 following appeals by CBT operators for more time to complete their online network test.
He said the registration for the examination would be done only by 718 accredited CBT centres spread across the country.
He warned them against sharp practices so they do not suffer the fate of 50 CBT centres struck off JAMB’s list last year.
Oloyede said CBT centres should guard their JAMB-issued SIM cards, access codes and other confidential documents relating to the board carefully as the transfer of such items to the wrong hands could mean losing their accreditation.
He also gave the list of approved charges for all the services they may render to candidates from registration to the point of admission.
The former vice-chancellor of the University of Ilorin explained JAMB recorded revenue increase because of judicious management of resources.
He added adoption of technology would make the whole process of examination, assessment and dissemination of result even cheaper.
Chairman Governing Council of JAMB, Dr Emmanuel Ndukwe, said the Council was in support of the reforms introduced by Oloyede.
He expressed hope that JAMB would return to how it operated at the beginning where admission letters were sent to students at home without them needing to influence their admissions.
“While I was at the USSR studying Medicine, my mother wrote me that I got an admission letter from JAMB to study Medicine at Nsukka.
“It is my vision, it is my own desire, it is my dream to have JAMB return to what it was that time when nobody knew me, I did not know anybody but JAMB delivered my letter to my home in the village,” he said.