The Registrar and Chief Executive Officer of Joint Admissions Matriculation Board (JAMB), Professor Is’haq Oloyede, yesterday says a total 2 million applicants are expected to register for 2018 Unified Tertiary Matriculation Examination (UTME).
This is as Oloyede declared that the examination body returned N7.8billion to the federal government coffers from the proceeds of examination forms sold in 2017 stating that the fund was sourced from the N12billion income made during the year.
Oloyede stated this in Ilorin during an interactive session with journalists.
He said the board had effected changes in the process and procedure for registration and conduct of examination for candidates to curb hitherto malpractices in the processes.
Contrary to insinuations that the board increased the examination fee, which enabled the milestone, the JAMB boss said the agency rather made some reductions in the fee payable for the examination.
He said the examination board also significantly reduced the amount paid for exam by foreign applicants, maintaining that it was aimed at encouraging a huge number of them.
Oloyede also said that the agency introduced Central Admission Processing System (CAPS) in the bid to address the imbalance observed in the admission process for the applicants.
He noted that with the introduction of the system, the process of admission into higher institutions of learning in the country has become more transparent, saying there was no need for any institution to come to the Headquarters of the board for certain rectitude.
Oloyede said the system involved by the agency is making 90 percent of admission to be based on merit.
He also stated that the board had expanded its facilities by spending N1billion last year, adding that 15,000 centres would be created for prospective UTME candidates this year.