I trust this piece of information will calm the nerves of all candidates intending to registered for the 2017 Unified Tertiary Matriculation Examination conducted by the Joint Admission and Matriculation board (JAMB) as report reaching us has it that the registrar of the Joint Admissions and Matriculation Board (JAMB), Prof. Ishaq Oloyede, confirmed that the forms for this year’s Unified Tertiary Matriculation Examination (UTME), will be on sale within two weeks.
He said: “For the 2017 UTME, we have taken a decision to commence the sale of the form soon. Within the next two weeks, we will be out.
“The reason for this is that we are making all arrangements that ought to be made. We have changed the process of payment, no more scratch card selling. We need to put the right architecture in place and we have put this in place.
“The examination will be coming up later than usual. This is to make sure we take into consideration the interest of the students. We are going to conduct the UTME in May. It will not clash with any SSCE examinations.
“I did not sit here or my management did not fix the date. We sat down with all examination bodies with their timetables and we agreed to create this window.”
He further mentioned that the examination itself will be coming up later in May so it won’t clash with any SSCE examinations, and help the board check any form of malpractice, especially upgrading of results.
“Normally, we conduct our examinations around March and the results will be ready within two to three days. But when do we need the results? It is always between July and August. This gives room for all forms of suspicion.
“If you go on the net, you will see people claiming that they could help candidates to upgrade their results because the results are lying fallow between March and July”
“Now we want to shorten the period in such a way that the time between the examination and when the results will be used will be very short. There will be no opportunity for anybody to even dream of upgrading results.” He stated
He equally stated that the 1.7m candidates figure was last year’s figure and bit the board do not expect less this year. “We expect about 1.5 million candidates for UTME and about 200,000 and 300,000 candidates for Direct Entry. That was how we arrived at the figure and that is the figure we are also expecting.”
“We are also using that opportunity to communicate with other Examination bodies like WAEC, NECO and NABTEB to ensure that we do not make our examinations mutually exclusive. Somebody is taking WAEC examinations, he wants to take JAMB but in some cases due to clash of timetable, he wants to sacrifice one for the other.
“So, we have harmonized in such a way that the period we are going to use for our examination, all other examination bodies will not have examinations during the period”, he added.
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