UTME 2017: JAMB registers more than 1.5 million candidates

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[Abuja]–The Joint Admission and Matriculation Board (JAMB) has said it had so far registered over 1.5 million candidates for the 2017 Unified Tertiary Matriculation Examination (UTME) across the country.

This revelation was made by the Registrar of JAMB, Prof. Is-haq Oloyede, in an interview with newsmen on Saturday at side line of activities marking the pre-JAMB mock examinations.

He disclosed: “So far, it has even been better than our expectation, it was a mock, the intention was to test the technology and it proved to be perfect.

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“I think from what we are seeing, we are more than ready for the main examination.

“At least 90 per cent of the examination centres have reported positively, there have been proper downloading and preparation; even after the exam we had uploaded responses of 80 per cent.

“We have done it to show that what works elsewhere across the world should work in Nigeria; we believe we can do it efficiently; we will continue to do our best.

“We have registered over 1.5million candidates in less than five weeks; we believe that the reality we have put in place is good enough.”

Earlier in the month, the Joint Admissions and Matriculation Board (JAMB) had announced the extension of registration date for the 2017 Unified Tertiary Matriculation Examination (UTME) and postponement of both the Mock examination and  the real examination because “appropriate rehearsal and test-running of the new system has not been substantially achieved”.

However, Dr. Deji Omole, the chairman, Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU), University of Ibadan (UI) chapter has since declared that the Joint Admission and Matriculation Board (JAMB) as currently led by Prof. Ishaq Oloyede is a total failure as a result of the hiccups.

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