President Muhammadu Buhari has reportedly approved a reduction in the cost of the Unified Tertiary Examination and Matriculation Examination (UTME) form to N3500.

The president’s aide on new media, Bashir Ahmad announced this on Wednesday, November 28, 2018 on Twitter.

According to Ahmad, the cost of Joint Admission and Matriculation Board (JAMB) forms has been reduced from N5,000 to N3,500 while the cost of National Examination Council (NECO) form was reduced from N11,350 to N9,850.

JAMB Registrar says the call for reduction of UTME registration fee is baseless
JAMB Registrar says the call for reduction of UTME registration fee is baseless

Another Presidential aide confirms the development

The Head of Digital Communications for President Buhari, Tolu Ogunlesi also shared the news on Twitter.

He tweeted, “President Buhari has approved the reduction in the cost of Forms for JAMB UTME, NECO SSCE and the Basic Education Certificate Examination. With effect from January 2019, the cost of JAMB UTME Form will drop from N5,000 to N3,500. NECO will drop from N11,350 to N9,850''.

He said the Minister of Education, Prof Adamu Adamu announced the development at the Federal Executive Council meeting saying President Buhari directed the Ministry to look into the reduction following the improvement in revenues being remitted to the Treasury by the Education by the exam bodies.

The new prices for both examinations will take effect from January 2019.