The House of Representatives on Thursday challenged the Joint Admission and Matriculation Board (JAMB) to extend the 2024 Unified Tertiary Matriculation Examination registration exercise by two weeks.

The resolution is sequel to the adoption of a motion on urgent public importance titled “Need to extend UTME Registration by JAMB sponsored by Hassan Shinkafi at the floor of the House in Abuja.

In his debate, Shinkafi noted that the UTME registration exercise which commenced on January 15 ended on February 26, 2024, adding that as a result of the painful economic situation in the country, many families have been constrained from registering their wards, by this timeline.

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He informed that if extension was not given by JAMB, many candidates will not be able to register and participate in the exercise which means there will not be a wider coverage and participation in this year’s UTME in Nigeria.

While urging the lawmakers to intervene, Shinkafi maintained that an extension will encourage parents of less privileged students to register their wards for the exercise.

The House after the debate mandated the relevant committees on Education and Legislative Compliance to enforce strict compliance.