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Suspension of mock UTME, blessing in disguise - JAMB

Suspension of mock UTME, blessing in disguise - JAMB

The suspension of the voluntary mock Uni­fied Tertiary Matricu­lation Examination (UTME) earlier scheduled for April 8, 2017, has been described as a blessing in disguise for the conduct of the main exami­nation.
Registrar/Chief Executive of the Joint Admissions and Matriculation Board (JAMB), Prof. Ishaq Oloyede, stated this in Abuja at the weekend.
The JAMB boss, who apologised to candidates and other stakeholders over the postponement, said it was ne­cessitated by the failure of the Board’s technical partners.
Speaking further, Prof. Oloyede said JAMB has de­cided to extend the registra­tion period for this year’s UTME to May 5 instead of the earlier announced April 19, adding that the main ex­amination will now hold be­tween 13 and 17 May, 2017.
According to him, the mock examination which has now been put on hold was to trial-test the readiness of facilities and address the challenges that may likely confront the main examina­tion.
“The mock examination remains free for willing can­didates, even the fee due to the CBT centre owners are being paid by JAMB. No cost to candidates,” Prof. Oloyede said.
While saying JAMB sys­tem analysis has revealed in­teresting findings that would engender a seamless and suc­cessful UTME, Prof. Oloyede said the lessons learnt from the suspended mock exami­nation experiment would translate to a total blessing in the main examination.
His words: “Every disap­pointment is a blessing, an old adage says. The blessing that will trail the suspension of this mock examination and extension of registra­tion deadline will manifest in our main UTME by next month.”

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