The Joint Admissions and Matriculation Board had registered 869,709 candidates for the Unified Tertiary Matriculation Examination slated to hold in March 2019.
This was contained in the board’s weekly bulletin which was made available to newsmen on Monday.
According to the bulletin, nine Computer-Based Test centres have also been suspended for breach of the code governing the 2019 registration exercise.
It stated that some of the centres violated the guidelines of the board by demanding higher fees than the amounts stipulated by the Federal Government.
The erring centres include the University of Benin International ICT Centre, Iyayi, Benin, Edo State; Bintels Global Services, Aguleri, Anambra State; Noble and Shuaib ICT limited, Alor, Anambra State; Global ICT Connect, Makurdi, Benue State; Mardakem Limited by Methodist Boys High School, Oron, Akwa-Ibom State; DA Civic Centre, Benin City, Edo State; Medes ICT Centre, Okitipupa, Ondo State; Divine Success All CBT Centre, Iseyin, Oyo State; Riyom ICT Centre, Riyom Secretariat, Plateau State.
The bulletin read, “A meeting with all CBT operators was convened in Lagos State, where instructions on the conduct of the exams were deliberated upon and laid out strictly for all to adhere to. The meeting had resolved that the cost of registration should not exceed N700. Contrary to this, findings from the board’s monitoring exercise revealed that some centres were charging higher than the stipulated figure directed by the Federal Government and equally agreed at during the Lagos meeting.”
The board added that 10 centres in Lagos and Plateau states were under investigation for the same offences, adding that it would convene a management meeting this week to take appropriate action on those centres.
While breakdown the registration figures, the board said Lagos State recorded the highest number of registered candidates, with 111,102 candidates, Kaduna State was second with 59,261 candidates and the Federal Capital Territory, Abuja, had 43,390 registered candidates.
Others are Oyo with 41,128 candidates; Benue, 36,080; Nasarawa, 35,940; Rivers, 35,749, and Ogun with 32,702 candidates while Jigawa, Sokoto, Zamfara had lowest registration with 6, 784, 4881 and 2,427 respectively.