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IN ANTICIPATION of the  upcoming April 9, mock examination, CBTs across the country have increased charges to 1,000 Naira. This according to Prof. Ishaq Oloyede, the Registrar, Joint Admissions and Matriculation Board (JAMB) has explained why the board allowed Computer Based Test Centres (CBT) to increase the service charge for UTME.

  The main UTME has been scheduled by the board to commence from May 6 to May 16.

  Oloyede confirmed this while receiving an award by the Board of Vanguard Media Ltd on Tuesday in Abuja.

  He explained that the slight increase in the service charge for the examination by the CBT centres was to allow them to do a thorough job owing to the increase in the cost of diesel, to power their generating sets.

  “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, even though 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.

  Meanwhile, he hinted that all arrangements for the successful conduct of the examination had been put in place by JAMB.

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