The Joint Admissions and Matriculation Board (JAMB) has approved an increase in the Computer Based Test service charge paid by candidates
Prof. Ishaq Oloyede, Registrar of the Joint Admissions and Matriculation Board (JAMB), said the board allowed Computer Based Test Centres (CBTs) to charge a service fee of N1,000 for their 9th, April 2022 mock examination.
The Joint Admissions and Matriculation Board (JAMB) organises a mock Unified Tertiary Matriculation Examination (UTME), which is optional for centres to test their facilities for the national exam.
The board has scheduled the main UTME from 6th May to 16th, May 2022
On Tuesday, The Registrar, in Abuja, hinted that all arrangements for the successful conduct of the examination had been put in place by JAMB.
However, the slight increase in the service charge for the examination was due to a rise in the cost of diesel to power their generating sets. the fuel used to power their generator has recently risen.
“We are saying that we have allowed the CBT centres to increase the amount. We have not increased the fees; we have even said anybody can decrease the fees.
“But we have hitherto asked the centres not to increase more than N700, but now we have seen the reality and we have said they could charge up to N1,000.
“So the reality is the truth, unless we do not want them to conduct the examination. We have done the analysis of their expenses and if we insist that they must put on their air conditioners, the cost of diesel for their generators has to be taken into consideration,” he said.
According to the registrar, the board is not increasing its charges, adding that before now, the registration documents used to be N5,000.
“Even the N5,000 was just theoretically.
“We were buying the form in 2020 for N5,000, we insist on N5,000 and we further reduce it from N5,000 to N3,500 and we are not increasing, despite the fact that the cost is going up.
“So, we felt that our partners are the ones to add, while we do the sacrifice, we cannot impose unrealistic sacrifice on our partners and that is why we have allowed our partners to charge,” he said.