Over 1.7m candidates ready for UTME exams

Temitope Mustapha,Abuja.

Jamb boss, Ishaq Oloyede

Over one million seven hundred thousand candidates have successfully registered for the Unified Tertiary Matriculation Examinations and are now waiting to write their exams starting on Saturday.

Briefing journalists in Abuja, the Registrar of the Joint Admissions and Matriculation Board, JAMB, Professor Ishaq Oloyede, hinted that Jamb had succeeded in curbing corruption in the processes involved in writing the admission exams.

Speaking on renewed system and new reforms, the Jamb Registrar said that the board retained the application fees of N5000 for the forms and had successfully abolished the use of scratch cards.

It also strengthened its ICT infrastructure and developed a robust system of monitoring registration and examination processes across the country.

We have succeeded in saving Nigeria billions of naira through checkmating of excesses of some undesirable elements, leaving them with abundant funds they had made to launch attacks against us, both technical and psychological,” the Jamb boss noted.

“We have increased the capacity of our test centres to 250; we have also increased our Computer Based Testing Centers to 624 from the previous 524; we created 691000 registration points instead of previous less than 1000; we increased our vending banks from four to ten,” Professor Oloyede said.

“Jamb has been able to introduce mock exams as well as the introduction of decentralized cut off marks,” he added.

The Jamb Registrar hinted that the board had commenced the installation of CCTV cameras to address issues of malpractices and manipulations.

Professor Oloyede stated that a total number of 1,736,5071 candidates bought the 2017 UTME forms and only 1,731,039 registered to sit for the exams.

Oloyede said there was only a difference of 464,287 could be seen between last year and numbers of registered candidates for this year.

According to the Registrar, examinations will be holding simultaneously in the 634 exam centers in Nigeria between 13th and 20th of May.

He urged parents and candidates to do away with what he called, ‘Technophobia’ ,adding that technology makes life easier.

“Although introduction of CBT still poses challenges, but the challenges and reforms with the CBT needed urgent attention and fundamental change,” he concluded.