JAMB Sets Dates For 2018 UTME

JAMB Sets Dates For 2018 UTME

The Joint Admission and Matriculation Board, (JAMB), has set March 9-17 date for the commencement and termination for the 2018 UTME nationwide, with new prohibitions in place.

He said: "For a start, our first attempt to conduct the Mock Examination on 8 April, 2017 failed due to Mobile Service Providers' network and other challenges".

JAMB candidates at the exam centres during the previously held Unified Tertiary Matriculation Exams.

Oloyede said in view of criticisms that trailed the sale of entry for a month in the past years, the board made a decision to earmark two months so that every willing candidate could be able to purchase, fill and submit the forms.

Oloyede insisted that wristwatches, pen and pencil, other than the required HB pencils, remained prohibited in the examination halls, starting from the next exercise.

According to the registrar, the prohibition of materials is applicable to candidates, supervisors as well as examiners.

He lamented that in the last year's examination, candidates spent about N100 million for correction of errors caused by Computer Based Test (CBT) centres.

Oloyede said that although JAMB projected for N14.691bn as its Internally Generated Revenue for 2018, N7.744bn would be used for overhead costs, while N2.683bn had been earmarked for capital projects.

The minister had also queried the institutions involved to explain why disciplinary actions would not be taken against them for violating the government's directive which said post-UTME fee per candidate shouldn't exceed N2, 000. "We are doing this to stop those who are extorting the candidates", Oloyede stated. The honourable minister of education queried about 42 institutions for charging more than N2000. "He has put his feet down that all excess charges should be refunded", Oloyede said. "In one case where they could not, the minister directed that they should pay the money to a non religious orphanage, orphanage owned by the state or anything because those people couldn't be traced", the registrar said.

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