No fewer than 93,748 candidates are seeking admission into universities in the country through the 2019 Direct Entry (DE) application.
This is according to the Joint Admissions and Matriculation Board (JAMB) which also disclosed that the total number of candidates that registered for the 2019 Unified Tertiary Matriculation Examination (UTME), increased largely due to the fee slashed by the Federal Government from N5,000 to N3,500.
This was contained in the JAMB’s Weekly Bulletin made available to newsmen in Abuja on Sunday by the Board’s Head of Media, Dr Fabian Benjamin.
A total of 1,881,488 candidates registered to sit for the 2019 UTME, with the hope of getting admission into various tertiary education institutions in the country.
The Board, which stated that DE application is for admission into the second year for the first-degree programme in university, said only candidates with relevant qualification would be considered for admission.
The Bulletin read in part: “At the close of the sale of e-PIN on Thursday 21st February, one million, eight hundred and fifty-five thousand, six hundred and thirty-three (1,855,633) candidates had registered (for UTME) and 93,748 for DE application.