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Why JAMB introduced new measures for 2018 UTME - Ishaq Oloyede

Why JAMB introduced new measures for 2018 UTME - Ishaq Oloyede”

This was made known on Tuesday by the Registrar of the Joint Admissions and Matriculation Board, Prof.

The Registrar of the board, Ishaq Oloyede, said this at a meeting with stakeholders in Abuja.

Mr. Oloyede said the mock examination initially scheduled to hold between January 22 and 24 has been moved to the first week in February due to the ongoing strike by non-teaching staff of universities.

He said the figure was out of the 56,172 applicants who chose the university through the Unified Tertiary Matriculation Examination (UTME) and Direct Entry.

He further lamented that in the past year examination regime, candidates spent about N100 million for correction of errors caused by Computer Based Test (CBT) centres, stating that the board had gone ahead to correct the situation in advantage to the candidates.

Oloyede said due to the criticisms that trailed the sale of entry for just one month in the past years, the board chose to allow it last for two months so that every willing candidate could purchase, fill and submit the form.

The JAMB Registrar explained that the examination body was given zero allocations for overheads and capital expenditure components of the 2017 budget, adding that with the 2018 budget proposal, the examination body plans funding for the two components from its projected IGR.

He added "We have prohibited some additional materials during the 2018 UTME in the examination hall".

The minister had also queried the institutions involved to explain why disciplinary actions would not be taken against them for violating the government's directive which said post-UTME fee per candidate shouldn't exceed N2, 000. These include wristwatches, biros, calculators, pencils except the HB Pencil, and any other device that can store data, transmit or receive signal no matter the form. Hence, the minister has put his feet down that all excess charges should be refunded.

"The candidates in that case could not be traced for a refund".

"They have started refunding the money and the candidates are reporting back to us".

The changes, according to him, focused on areas of profile creation using candidate's unique phone number, creation of more payment platforms and outlets for easy access to candidates among several other superior reforms and innovations.



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