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2024 UTME: No Increment In Registration Fee — JAMB

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The Joint Admissions and Matriculation Board (JAMB) has debunked a reports by some media that the Board has increased the registration fee for the 2024 Unified Tertiary Matriculation Examination (UTME).

 

In a statement signed by JAMB Public Communication Advisor (PCA), Dr Fabian Benjamin, the Board disclaimed the insinuations, said there was no iota of truth in the said publications.

 

He maintained that the cost of the 2024 UTME/DE (Direct Entry) e-PIN remains N3,500.

 

“The attention of the Joint Admissions and Matriculation Board (JAMB) has been drawn to several publications in recent times insinuating that the Board has increased its examination registration fee.

 

“This is far from the truth as the cost of obtaining the Board’s UTME application documents remains N3,500, which has been the cost of its application documents since it was brought down from N5,000 in 2018.

 

“Therefore, the Board wishes to state that the cost of application documents price has not been increased in spite of the prevailing economic reality in the country which has also affected the cost of the Board’s operations,” he stated.

 

Benjamin assured the general public that the Board had been doing all within its powers to ensure that candidates are not overburdened in anyway.

 

 

He added that one of these measures was to deliberately keep cost low hence the Board’s decision to make available its Use of English reading text free of charge through a QR code to ensure that the increase in cost of production is not passed to candidates.

 

“Therefore, all UTME candidates would access the reading text free of charge through multiple channels, which include their profiles, e-mail address, notification slip and the Board’s website.

 

“It is, however, pertinent to state the fact that what is being perceived in some quarters as increment in its fees is nothing other than the fallout of its cashless policy through which all fees payable by candidates to CBT centres have been consolidated and are paid along with their application fees to prevent their wanton exploitation by unscrupulous centre owners.

 

“These fees are in turn remitted to partnering centres on a weekly basis. For instance, candidates are expected to pay N700 for registration, N1,500 as examination fees and N1,500 for the optional Mock-UTME at privately-owned centres,” he stated.

 

The JAMB spokesperson disclosed that the Board had been resisting the call by its partnering and privately-owned centres for a drastic increase in the cost of the services they render to the candidates as a consequence of the current economic situation to which the Board has always maintained that its services are not for profit.

 

“For the avoidance of doubt, the 2024 UTME/DE e-PIN remains N3,500. The registration fee of N700, which is to be paid to CBT centres by candidates, is now to be collected by the Board along with N1,500, which is the cost for sitting the main UTME, and N1,500 as the cost of the optional Mock-UTME etc are to be collected by the Board on behalf of the CBT centres,” he said.

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