JAMB Reveal Plans For 1.7 Million Candidates in 2017
According to the Registrar, Joint Admissions and Matriculation Board (JAMB), Professor Ishaq Oloyede about 1.7 million candidates are expected to sit for 2017 Unified Tertiary Matriculation Examination (UTME).
Speaking, yesterday, February 14 in Abeokuta during the sideline of the examination body’s Information and Communication Technology (ICT) retreat involving civil society groups, students and other major stakeholders, Oloyede said JAMB is preparing hard in order to make the April 2017 examination seamless.
He said, “We are expecting 1.7 million candidates to sit for JAMB this year and we want to make sure we satisfy these candidates within a week or thereabout. That is why we are increasing the capacity of the Computer-Based Test centres to be able to examine more candidates within a given date.”
The JAMB boss added that the examination body would not be deterred in its mission to serve its candidates better.
He said, “I must be frank with you, I cannot promise a hitch- free examination because we are testing certain things. We are changing certain things. We want to question the status quo and of course, we expect a fight back by interest that will be trampled upon.
“We envisaged that there will be hitches here and there, but they will not be insurmountable. Rather than promising the nation hitch free examination, we will be promising a direction we will all be pleased with. Initially there might be hiccups and of course one would not have been appointed if it is routine. I believe that I have been given a very difficult job and that is why I am not promising that all will be smooth.”
He added that critiques are also welcomed. “We are creating some ICT facilities and we want our stakeholders, prospective candidates, respected scholars, institutions, civil societies to come together and critique what we are doing, so that we can be sure, before we go too far in a wrong direction. This is a view of harvesting good ideas that could improve what we are doing.”
While he said that JAMB would soon commence the sale of its forms for the 2017 UTME, he added that the examination body was also working on the possibility of conducting a mock examination “for some people who just want to try on what we are doing.”