The Joint Admissions and Matriculation Board (JAMB) has confirmed that registration for 2019/ 2020 Unified Tertiary Matriculation Examination (UTME) will begin in January.

The Chairman of the Governing Board, Emmanuel Ndukwe announced the new date on Wednesday, during a ceremony to celebrate some staff of the board who retired recently.

The registration fee is 3,500 Naira as approved by the Federal Government recently.

Ndukwe explained that the reduction followed recommendations made by management and board of JAMB to the government because some parents were finding it hard to pay the 5,000 Naira currently charged.

“You are aware that the federal government has reduced the cost of JAMB forms from N5,000 to N3,500, but it is going to take effect from next year.

"Therefore, if we start selling the forms today, we will still sell at the cost of N5,000 because the approval does not cover, for now, that is why we have shifted the sale of the forms to any date from first of January.

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"It is a very good move from the federal government based on our recommendations.

"Even though we are returning money to the coffers of the Federal Government, our primary objective is not just to make money.

"That money is coming from somewhere, and it is difficult for some people to raise that money and pay for the forms, even though JAMB form is among the cheapest in the whole world,” he said.

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