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.”