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JAMB Increases UTME Service Fee at CBT Centers by 43%

The Joint Admissions and Matriculation Board (JAMB) has authorized its Accredited Computerized Testing Centers (CBT) to increase the service fee per candidate from N1,400 to N2,000.

Indeed, the examination body has concluded its intention to remove from the list all CBT centers that failed the UTME 2022 exercise.

This disclosure is contained in the Office of the Registrar’s Weekly Bulletin of Monday, May 16 in Abuja.

JAMB explained that the 43% increase was due to the high cost of diesel and other energy challenges in the country, adding that each candidate initially paid the sum of N1,400, made up of N700 for the mock- UTME and another N700 for the UTME. .

What JAMB says

JAMB in the statement said: “Given the high cost of diesel and other energy challenges in the country, the Joint Admission and Matriculation Board (JAMB) management has given the green light to its partner CBT centers to now collect the sum of N2,000 as as a service fee for the use of their centers by candidates sitting both Mock-UTME and UTME.

“Basically, candidates who did not indicate to sit for the mock UTME will only pay N1,000 for the UTME while those who want to sit for the mock UTME will pay an additional N1000.”

He said that the Board decided on this decision because many candidates who expressed their interest in the mock UTME often refused to appear for the exercise.

He stated: “They end up forcing hubs to spend resources on spawning them.

“The implication of this is that once you have expressed your interest in taking the fake UTME, you are bound to pay for the exercise whether you take the exam or otherwise.

She explained, however, that the high cost of maintaining the centers for both years prompted her to approve the increase to ease the pressure on the centers.

The review body said: “Therefore, candidates are now advised to decide whether they indeed want to participate in the mock exercise before expressing their interest at the time of registration.

“It’s because they will be required to pay for it.

“It is also due to the fact that once candidates express their interest in taking the mock-UTME, the centers to which they will be assigned will be mandated to put in place the necessary facilities to prepare for their appearance.”

What you should know

  • Recall that JAMB on Saturday, May 14, 2022, announced the release of the results of the candidates who stood for the just ended UTME 2022, saying that they did not upload the results to their website for obvious reasons and, as such, advised on the process of verifying the results.
  • Benjamin in his statement said candidates can check their results using the SMS code, advising them to text UTMERESULT in one word to 55019 to have their results checked.
  • About 1.7 million candidates are said to have taken the Unified Higher Education Matriculation Examination 2022 nationwide at 755 registered computer centers.
  • Also, in a related development, JAMB had stated that the CBT centers to be deregistered were not able to perform optimally as per the approved capabilities, which led to their reduced capabilities to conduct the UTME 2022 in accordance to specifications.
  • The board said the move became necessary as it began preparations for its next financial year, while ensuring it was ready to top this year’s success in subsequent years.