The Registrar of the Joint Admissions and Matriculation Board (JAMB), Prof. Ishaq Oloyede, has announced that the sale of the 2017/18 Unified Tertiary Matriculation Examination (UTME) forms will commence soon
Speaking to newsmen, Oloyede said that the UTME, which usually takes place in March will now hold in May, as a result of the board’s resolve to check malpractices.
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 said the new timing of the UTME was to 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.
“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.
The Registrar said the agency is expecting that about 1.7million will sit for UTME this year.
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