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JAMB Registrar Speaks On When 2019/2020 UTME Examinations Will Take Place

JAMB Registrar Speaks On When 2019/2020 UTME Examinations Will Take Place

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JAMB Registrar Speaks On When 2019/2020 UTME Examinations Will Take Place

Ahead of the 2019 general elections, the Registrar of the Joint Admissions and Matriculation Board (JAMB), Prof. Ishaq Oloyede, have stated that the exercise will not affect the annual UTME examinations for 2019/2020 session.

NIGERIA NEWS recalls that the UTME exercise falls within the stipulated time for the general elections.

Oloyede who made these clarifications at the 2018 Annual Sobo Sowemimo Lecture at the Abeokuta Club in the Ogun State capital, said the board will simply adjust their calendar so that nothing affects each other.

“I don’t think there will be any need for a shift in the examination date because of the 2019 general elections. I believe INEC has done well by giving us a prior notice six months ago.”

“They have given us the date of the elections. So we have no excuse not to have adjusted. We have adjusted appropriately,” he said.

He said that “the examination body would adopt stiffer measures to stop unqualified candidates from applying and writing the examination for the 2019/2020 admission exercise.”

Oloyede noted that “JAMB would not allow anyone to take undue advantage over others, saying the board would not repeat the mistake it recorded in the last examination as regards this development.”

The JAMB registrar said “the body would begin the 2019/2020 examination process by October, promising that the procedure for the next examination would be better than the last one.”

“We are on with the 2018/2019 admission exercise. This, we started just about a month ago. We believe that by the end of October, we would then begin the 2019/2020 admission.”

“I can assure you that we are fine-tuning and learning from our mistakes last year. We are perfecting the processes and procedures, ensuring that no one is allowed to have undue advantage over the others,” he said.

Oloyede, who did not disclose the exact number of applicants expected for the 2019 exercise, said “measures had been put in place to ensure that all applicants are minimally qualified.”

“It is difficult to say the exact number of applicants we are expecting this time. We expect to crash the number because many of those who are taking the forms are not even prepared or qualified for the exam.”

“Some are SS1 students, who are just trying; contributing N5, 000 unduly to our purse. We are putting in place some checks to make people who want to apply to be minimally qualified.”

“That’s where we are moving to, rather than creating unrealistic figures. We cannot say actually this is the figure but we are trying to ensure that we don’t have unnecessary luggage.”

“We are not interested in the money. We are interested in having adequate preparation for those who are genuine students,” he added.

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