The Joint Admissions and Matriculation Board (JAMB) has dismissed reports that it has increased its Unified Tertiary Matriculation Examination (UTME) fees ahead of next year's exercise.
JAMB Public Communications Advisor Fabian Benjamin addressed the viral claims in a statement made available to journalists on Wednesday, noting that the recent observed increase in fees was due to the board's cashless policy and not a actual increase.
Benjamin clarified that the cost of obtaining the UTME application documents from the board remains N3,500, the same price since it was reduced from N5,000 in 2018.
Despite the challenging economic situation in the country, application document fees have not been increased, reflecting the administration's commitment to providing affordable services.
“The board would therefore like to assure the general public that it has done everything within its power to ensure that candidates are not overburdened in any way. One of these measures is deliberately keeping costs low. Hence the decision to make the English reading text available for free via a QR code to ensure that the increase in production costs is not passed on to the candidates.
“Therefore, all UTME candidates had free access to the reading text through multiple channels, including their profiles, email address, notification form and the board's website.
“It is, however, pertinent to state that what is being perceived in some quarters as an increase in fees is nothing but the fallout of the cashless policy, whereby all fees payable by candidates to CBT centers have been consolidated and paid along with their application fees to prevent their wanton exploitation by unscrupulous center owners.
“These reimbursements are in turn transferred to partner centers on a weekly basis. For example, candidates are expected to pay N700 for registration, N1,500 as examination fee and N1,500 for the optional Mock-UTME in private centres,” he added.
Fabian also said the board will now collect the registration fee of N700 from candidates along with N1500 for sitting in the main UTME and N1500 for the optional Mock-UTME. This collection will take place on behalf of the CBT centres.
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