The Joint Admissions and Matriculation Board (JAMB) has given approval to its accredited Computer Based Tests (CBT) centres to increase the service charge per candidate from ₦1,400 to ₦2,000.
This was made known in the Weekly Bulletin of the Board through the Office of the Registrar on Monday.
The decision for approval by the management of JAMB is a result of the high cost of diesel and other energy challenges in the country.
The Board explained that initially, each candidate paid the sum of ₦1,400 made up of ₦700 for mock-UTME and another ₦700 for the UTME.
“Henceforth, partnering CBT centres will collect the sum of ₦2,000 as service charges from candidates sitting for both the Unified Tertiary Matriculation Examination (UTME) and mock-UTME.
“In essence, candidates who did not indicate to sit for the mock-UTME will pay only ₦1, 000 for the UTME while those who want to sit for the mock UTME will pay an additional ₦1000.
“This is irrespective of whether they sit for the examination or not,” it stated.
It stated that the Board resolved on this move as many candidates who indicated interest to take the mock-UTME had oftentimes refused to turn up for the exercise.
Explaining further, it was said that the high cost of maintaining the centres for the two exercises, prompted it to approve the increase to ameliorate the pressure on the centres.
Other additional minimum requirements, JAMB noted, would be released subsequently.