…Postpones mock CBT
From Fred Ezeh, Abuja
The Joint Admissions and Matriculation Board (JAMB) yesterday announced the extension of deadline for the registration of the 2017 Unified Tertiary Matriculation Examinations (UTME).
The Board, in a statement by its spokesman, Dr. Fabian Benjamin, explained that the extension has become necessary following some teething problems observed in the registration process thus far.
Fabian also explained that the mock examination scheduled to hold yesterday was postponed due to certain technical reasons experienced in its process.
The statement reads thus; “JAMB wishes to apologise to candidates and other stakeholders. We could not go on with the mock examination and hereby announce extension of registration exercise of the 2017 UTME. 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 exam earlier slated for Saturday, April 8, 2017 has been put on hold. This was because the appropriate rehearsal and test-running of the new system has been substantially achieved.
“The plan was to trial-test the readiness of our facilities and address the challenges that may likely confront the main exam. The mock exam remains free for willing candidates, even the fee due to the CBT centre owners are being paid by JAMB.
“We have realized that the plan to hold this mock exam was good for us. We are now in a better position to achieve better services than we could have done without this trial testing. This was why the exercise is at no cost to the candidates.
“Our systems analyses have revealed interesting findings that will engender a seamless and successful 2017 UTME exercise.
“We appreciate our stakeholders, including the candidates, for being part of this experiment. The blessing that will trail the suspension of this Mock exam and extension of registration deadline will manifest in our main UTME by next month.
“Once again, we appreciate and apologise to the candidates who chose to participate in this free and voluntary mock examination. They are part of our experience towards ensuring a fruitful and successful UTME this year and in future.”