The Joint Admissions and Matriculation Board (JAMB) on Thursday said the UTME results are only valid for a year and not three years as being widely circulated.
Head of Media for the body, Dr. Fabian Benjamin disclosed this during an interview session with Journalists in Abuja.
He assured candidates that if changes are made on the validity, the board will communicate appropriately to the public.
Dr. Benjamin also disclosed that JAMB had directed all tertiary institutions to end their 2017 admission by January 25.
Benjamin said the board’s decision came after a meeting where all issues and ones bordering on the admission process were taken into consideration.
He said it was resolved that the academic calendar must be adhered to.
According to him, the directive becomes necessary as the board intends to meet up with the academic calendar as earlier agreed.
“By implication, candidates who have gained admissions into various institutions and are yet to register or do not have admissions by January 25 should begin to make preparations for the 2018 UTME.
The board had recently said that the UTME examinations would take place between March 9 and 17, while the mock exams would take place in the first week of February.
Benjamin also noted that the sale of Direct Entry forms are ongoing, while urging candidates who intend to apply to do so immediately as the sale of the DE forms ends on the same date with the UTME’s.
“It has come to our knowledge that a lot of candidates are not aware of the sale of the Direct Entry forms, which we have advertised.
“Candidates who want to apply to institutions through DE must note that the sale of the forms started same date as the UTME’s and would end on the same date which is on February 6.
“This form can be obtained through the same process as the UTME forms.
“It could be purchased through vending commercial banks, Mobile Money Operators (MMO’s), interswitch, NIPOST and Remita,” he said.
Benjamin, however, noted that candidates should ensure that they disclose at the point of obtaining e-pins the exact pins they are paying for, that is, Direct Entry or UTME as some unknowingly purchase Direct Entry instead of UTME and vice-versa.