[Abuja]–The Joint Admissions and Matriculation Board (JAMB) on Saturday announced the extension of registration date for the 2017 Unified Tertiary Matriculation Examination (UTME) and postponement of the examination.
The apex exam board has announced the extension of deadline for the sales of forms and registration for the exams from the earlier announced April 19 to May 5, while it postponed the 2017 UMTE from May 13 to May 20.
The JAMB Registrar, Prof. Ishaq Oloyede, has also announced postponement of the mock examination it scheduled for Saturday, April 8, due to the failure of its technical partners.
Oloyede, who disclosed this in a statement on Saturday, also apologised to candidates for the sudden changes.
“We could not go on with the Mock Examination and hereby announce extension of registration exercise of the 2017 UTME”, he said.
“Instead of the earlier announced April 19, the deadline for the sale of forms and registration will now extend to Friday, May 5, 2017.
“Consequently, the 2017 UTME has also been postponed to start on Saturday, May 13 – 20, 2017.
“The Mock Examination earlier slated for Saturday, April 8, 2017 has been put on hold.
“This is because the appropriate rehearsal and test-running of the new system has not been substantially achieved.
“The plan was to trial-test the readiness of our facilities and address the challenges that may likely confront the main examination.
“At this moment, we have realized that the plan to hold this Mock Examination was good for us. We are now in a better position to achieve better than we would have done without this trial testing. This is why the exercise is at no cost to the candidates.
“It is our strong conviction that this exercise is an experience for us. Our systems analysis has revealed interesting findings that will engender a seamless and successful 2017 UTME exercise.”
This is coming after JAMB had earlier stood his ground on no extension despite call by the House of Representatives for a one-month extension to the deadline given to candidates.
The call was made in view of the difficulties being faced by some prospective candidates of the UTME in the process of registration, who had complained of inadequate bank staff to issue registration pins.
Oloyede, had on the other hand, attributed the challenges being faced by applicants across registration centres to the uncooperative posture of some centres.
The board had innovated a contemporary sale of application method, which led to the elimination of scratch cards.
It also adopted a cost saving procedure, the ‘PIN Vending System’, which is said to be a secured system that has redressed the sharp practices associated with the use of scratch cards.Please Follow Us @ThePageNg