2022 UTME: Jamb conducts mock exams
By Temitope Mustapha, Abuja
The Joint Admissions and Matriculation Board JAMB has conducted mock examinations for some candidates sitting for the 2022 Unified Tertiary Matriculation Examinations, UTME.
Candidates who registered for the 2022 UTME earlier indicated interest to sit for the Jamb mock examinations which is optional.
An exam center in Kubwa- FCT, Abuja, Rosa-Mystica Academy, where Voice of Nigeria monitored, a candidate for the exam, Sowande Hosanna said the exam was hitch free.
“The Jamb official engaged us candidates first in biometrics. They cross checked out finger prints with the ones they had and at exactly 8am we were filed into the hall. The computer timed us for 2hours which was the period we engaged in writing the exams.
“I didn’t experience any technical challenges and the mock exam boosted my confidence to sit for the main exam”
The Registrar of the Joint Admissions and Matriculation Board, Prof. Ishaq Oloyede, who monitored the examinations in Lagos and Ogun States, applauded the conduct and said the turn out was impressive.
He disclosed that a center was delisted in Lagos State for its inability to sustain the use of alternative power supply. He directed that candidates money for the mock exam be returned.
“I have done sample inspection in Lagos and Ogun State. The turnout was impressive, we are satisfied with the level of performance. In the process, a centre in Brain Point CBT centre in Oko-Oba, Lagos State that could not sustain their generator was automatically delisted and I gave instructions that the candidates in the centre should be refunded and given their full money”.
Prof. Oloyede tasked the tertiary institutions to maintain their facilities while adding that some of the centers are sub-standard.
“Some of the institutions especially tertiary institutions need to keep up and maintain their facilities because the facilities of some tertiary institutions are substandard but we are happy with the general performance of the examination.”
Test of abilities
Prof. Oloyede called on stakeholders to learn from the mock examinations adding that it was a test of abilities.
He disclosed that only 175,000 candidates sat for the mock following the limited space available to candidates who indicated interest in the exams.
“175,000 candidates sat for the examination because we limited the number as we do not want to do more than one session across the country. The session started from 8 a.m. to 10 a.m.
The JAMB Registrar urged candidates to learn from the lessons of the mock examinations which he said was not a determinant of the main exam results
“All students should make sure that they learn from the lesson of the mock examination which is to test their ability” said Oloyede “in the two states I visited, the centres worked very well”.
No fewer than 1,837,011 candidates have been registered for the 2022 Unified Tertiary Matriculation Examination.
The 2022 UTME is scheduled to hold between 6th and 16th of May, 2022.