440,000 candidates write Tertiary Matriculation Examinations

Temitope Mustapha,Abuja

About 440,000 candidates sat for the 2017 Unified Tertiary Matriculation Examinations on the second day.

The Registrar of the Board, Professor Ishaq Oloyede made this known in Abuja during a tour on the examination centers in the nation’s Capital.

Professor Oloyede also hinted that exams will end in Bauchi, Abia, Niger states and some other states  on Monday while the UTME will continue in Kebbi state, Lagos, Oyo and some other states.

On sufficient Computer Based Test Centres, Oloyede disclosed that centres in Delta State are under utilised ,he added that the Board will fully utilise the centers for future exams.

On the issue of Industrial Action hindering commencement of exams in Ladoke Akintola University of Technology, Lautech Ogbomosho, in Oyo State, The Jamb Registrar said if the strike is not called off in the school on Monday, students will be transferred to University of Ilorin to write their exams.

We understand that there is a sort of strike by either staff or students in Lautech, we have two of our centers in that school, arrangement are being made already to transfer the students because there are no private CBT centres in Ogbomosho and the closest place is ilorin because of the proximity , we believe its better than taking them to Ibadan or any other place in Oyo state”

Speaking on Industrial Action in Nigerian Universities, Professor Oloyede condemned incessant strike in Nigerian Universities, saying that the acts destroys the future of the country and Citizens collective tomorrow.

He stated that unions are free to disagree with the government but not at the detriment of students.

“Anybody who loves this country and education will be against incessant strike, I dont mean government should take academic staff or non academic staff for granted but it means we should find a way of solving our crisis not at the expense of the innocent ones”

Meanwhile, the Minister of State for Education, Professor Anthony Anwukah, who was also on the tour of exams monitoring, applauded the board for smooth conduct of the exams.

The centres visited are Digital Bridge Institute, Global Learning Institute, Sascon International school and the JAMB headquarters center.

 

Nnenna.O