Candidates sitting for the 2022 mock Unified Tertiary and Matriculation Examination organised by the Joint Admissions and Matriculation Board have been mandated to pay N1000 instead of the usual N600 as service charge to their centres.
According to the board, the increment is as a result of the high cost of diesel in the country.
Although, the mock examination is optional, participation attracts a fee of N1000.
This was disclosed in Abuja on Monday by the Head of Media and Public Relations, JAMB, Fabian Benjamin through the board’s weekly bulletin.
The board stated, “All candidates who had indicated their interest to sit the optional Mock-UTME are to pay N1,000 to the CBT centre where they are assigned to sit the examination as a service charge.
“The optional mock examination was introduced by the Board to give candidates the opportunity to familiarise themselves with the CBT environment.
“The candidates who indicated their interest to take the examination are to pay the N1000 at their respective centres for the use of the private facilities deployed for the examination.
“However, candidates assigned to JAMB owned centres would not be required to pay for the use of the centres. Much as the Board would like to keep the cost at a minimum, the prevailing high cost of diesel and other consumables has necessitated the increase from N600 to N1,000 to enable the CBT centres provide the needed infrastructure, as partners of the Board, to host the examination which is scheduled to hold on Saturday, 9th April 2022.
“The Board has thought through this increase and resolved that instead of cancelling the mock-UTME, which introduction has improved candidates’ confidence in sitting the examination owing to the high cost of diesel, it is better to increase the service charge to make the exercise worthwhile to participating centre.”