Prof. Ishaq Oloyede, the Registrar of
the Joint Admissions and Matriculation Board, says
1.7 million candidates are expected to sit for the
2017 Unified Tertiary Matriculation Examination
(UTME).

Oloyede made the disclosure while fielding
questions from journalists at the Information and
Communication Technology Retreat organised for
stakeholders on Tuesday in Abeokuta, Ogun.
The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that the retreat was attended by civil society groups,
students and other stakeholders in the education
sector.

The registrar said the board was also planning to
increase its Computer Based Testing (CBT) Centres
in order to the make examination exercise
seamless.

“We are expecting 1.7 million candidates to sit for
JAMB this year and we want to make sure we
satisfy them within a week or thereabout,’’ he said.
NAN reports that 1,561,443 candidates sat for the
UTME in 2016.

Oloyede said although he could not guarantee a
hitch-free examination, the innovations being put in
place “will send some illegal operators, who are
defrauding candidates in the past, out of business.’’
He said the board would not be deterred in its
mission to serve its candidates better this year.
“Frankly, I cannot promise a hitch-free examination
because we are testing certain things.
“We are changing certain things; we want to
question the statuesquo and we expect a fight back
by interests that will be trampled upon,’’ the
registrar said.

“We are going to be as flexible as humanly possible;
we are not promising hitch free examination,’’ he
said.

Oloyede noted that the board had envisaged that
there would be hitches, but that these would not be
insurmountable.

According to him, rather than promising hitch-free
examination, the board promises a direction that all
will be pleased with.
He said that the major objective of the retreat was
for stakeholders to critique the board’s processes,
“because we will not want to continue in the wrong
direction’’.
Oloyede said the board was planning to create new
ICT facilities and stakeholders such as
prospective candidates, scholars, institutions and
civil society groups were brought together to
critique it.

“This is to enable us harvest good ideas that can
improve what we are doing,’’ he said.
He said the CBT had come to stay, adding that four
African countries had indicated interest to
understudy the process in Nigeria.
Oloyede also said that JAMB would soon begin the
sale of forms for the 2017 UTME, adding that the
board was also working on the possibility of conducting Mock examinations.


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