JAMB Forsees 1.7 Million Candidates For 2017 UTME
By Victor Ernest
The Joint Admissions and Matriculation Board (JAMB) says it expects an estimate of 1.7 million candidates to sit for the 2017 Unified Tertiary Matriculation Examination in April, 2017.
The body’s registrar, Prof. Ishaq Oloyede, who disclosed this in Abeokuta, stated that JAMB aims to increase the capacity of its Computer-Based Test centres in order to make the April examination seamless.
Oloyede explained that the increment would enable the board examine more candidates within a given date.
Meanwhile, the registrar disclosed that the body would not promise a hitch-free examination, as he noted that there were changes and innovations ongoing which would send some illegal operators, who had defrauded candidates in the past, out of business.
He made it known that this informed JAMB’s decision to invite stakeholders to critique its processes as it would not want to continue in the wrong direction.
Oloyede also disclosed that the examination body is creating ICT facilities and the body would want its stakeholders, prospective candidates, respected scholars, institutions, civil societies to come together and critique in order not to “go too far in a wrong direction.”
JAMB is reported by the media to have said it was willing to continue with the CBT even as the body informed that four African countries had indicated interest to understudy Nigeria with regard to its examination system.