The Joint Admissions and Matriculation Board, JAMB says all is set to hold its Mock Examination on Saturday as part of its preparation towards the conduct of the 2017 Unified Tertiary Matriculation.
The Registrar of the Board, Professor Ishaq Oloyede said this in Abuja during a training session organised for all stakeholders ahead of the examinations.
Professor Oloyede said that the training was organised to acquaint stakeholders with the new technology and to prepare students ahead of the main admission exams.
“For the training sector we invited 1600 people from various institutions and states of the federation and of course members of our staff are all part of it because we are not using external individuals for the delivery of our exams”
He hinted that the mock examination would be conducted across the federation, in all the 638 centres and that it is at no cost to candidates.
The JAMB Registrar emphasized that all technical challenges, which led to the failure of the earlier scheduled mock exams, have been addressed.
Oloyede stressed that the board is finding most efficient way to conduct its examination.
“we are trying not to be wasteful, the computer based testing started from university of Ilorin in 2007 and I was the Vice chancellor then, So we have always been part of the Computer based testing, we want to be able to eliminate waste, in a situation where the sum of 7 billion was to be used we want to be able to save well below that amount” he said.
He appealed to the major service providers, which are MTN & Airtel to consider both Jamb Mock and UTME exams as national assignment which must not fail.”
“All I request from all stakeholders is total support,I believe I have something to offer and I will do my best. I urge Nigerians to believe in us and we will deliver, I will do my best and I believe my best should be sufficient for anybody” Professor Oloyede added.
On students in the Rural Areas, Professor Oloyede said that the board developed another alternative, an option he referred to as Inclusive.
“for those who cannot adequately use computer system ,we created another alternative for those who cannot use the computer, what we have done is to be inclusive and all we can do is to assume that everybody play the game according to its rule”
The JAMB Registrar however said that the main UTME exams would commence on the 13th of May, 2017.
The Joint Admissions and Matriculation Board, JAMB earlier scheduled its mock examination for the 8th of April which was suspended due to technical hitches.