The Joint Admissions and Matriculation Board, JAMB, on Sunday, said it would work with the Ministry of Foreign Affairs to conduct UTME through Computer-Based Test, CBT, for Nigerians abroad.
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The examination board also said universities that charged more than N2,000 from applicants for its post-UTME examination will be mandated to refund the excess payment.
Head of Public Relations for JAMB, Mr Fabian Benjamin, made these known in an interview with the News Agency of Nigeria, NAN, in Abuja. He said that the collaboration between the examination body and the ministry was to enhance the conduct of Unified Tertiary Matriculation Examination, UTME, for foreign candidates in 2018. He noted that the 2017 UTME was conducted for foreign candidates on September 30 in Gambia, Saudi Arabia, United Kingdom, Ghana, Ivory Coast, Benin Republic, Ethiopia, South Africa and Cameroun.
According to him, although the conduct of the examination was not justifiable, in terms of monetary value, there is the need for JAMB to collaborate, to promote growth in the education sector.
Benjamin said: “We are already promoting CBT in line with international best practices; we have taken it to some countries in Africa, we need to do more to encourage the practice. We have even gone ahead to see how we can put some countries on the global map by conducting our public examination there through CBT.”
“What we want to do is to partner with the ministry to be able to key into the global technology revolution as part of our foreign policy. We must be able to maximise profit, especially from West African countries that we are offering assistance, through scholarship, to school in Nigeria. We cannot achieve much by looking at things from naira and kobo, but through diplomatic relations, there will be adequate room to gain through conduct of examination abroad.”
The PR head for JAMB explained that foreign candidates sat for the examination in one session based on local time of their various countries, adding that the questions were deployed from the Board’s headquarters.
He, however, decried the message making rounds on the social media that the Minister of Education, Adamu Adamu, had directed a total refund of Post-UTME fee, describing the information as false and one which could create confusion in the public domain.
Mr Benjamin urged the public to disregard the information, saying that only institutions that had charged more than N2,000 would be asked to make a refund of the excess as he said it was an unfortunate situation as some institutions could not adhere to the minister’ directive about the payment of Post-UTME.