JAMB Fixes Feb as deadline for UTME registration, March for Examination

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The Joint Admissions and Matriculation Board (JAMB) has justified its decision to introduce new measures to strengthen its systems ahead of the 2018 Unified Tertiary Matriculation Examination (UTME).

Ishaq Oloyede, disclosed this at a stakeholders' meeting held at the National Judicial Institute, Abuja on Tuesday to create more awareness for the forthcoming examinations.

The Federal Government has issued queries to 42 universities for allegedly charging more than the N2,000 instructed by the Federal Ministry of Education to conduct their 2017 post-Unified Tertiary Matriculation Examinations.

According to Oloyede, JAMB is envisaging mass purchase of the registration form shortly before the closing date, therefore the mock examination has been slated to hold in the first week of February across the country.

He said, "We are unable to access our CBT centres because a lot of them are in the universities and non teaching staff are on strike".

The DVC, who noted that a total of 26, 769 candidates who scored 200 and above sat for the Post-UTME of the university, added that out of the number, only 9,268 scored 50 per cent and above.

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The registrar said the prohibition of materials is applicable to candidates, supervisors and examiners.

Oloyede insisted that wristwatches, pen and pencil, other than the required HB pencils, remained prohibited in the examination halls, starting from the next exercise.

Oloyede added that the board had implemented some "new prohibitions" for the 2018 UTME in order to check examination malpractices.

Oloyede said in view of criticisms that trailed the sale of entry for a month in the past years, the board chose to earmark two months so that every willing candidate could be able to purchase, fill and submit the forms.

The system, he added, was created to periodically update information about the technology devices and new methods of cheating with such devices and make same available to relevant officials and stakeholders to enable them secure the credibility of the board's examinations. The reasons for this will be provided shortly. "Furthermore, candidates' pictures will be embossed on all candidates' documents generated by JAMB henceforth", he said. We made recommendation to the minister and the minister said all of them should refund the money.

"The candidates in that case could not be traced for a refund". The affected universities are now refunding the excess to the candidates and the candidates are reporting back to us.

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