GOOD NEWS!! JAMB Reduces Exam Hours

Candidates sitting for the Unified
Tertiary Matriculation Examination
(UTME) would from this year spend two
hours instead of three hours to write the
exam.
The Joint Admissions and Matriculation
Board (JAMB) , Registrar/Chief Executive
Prof. Is-haq Oloyede , on Wednesday,
March 29, stated this in Kaduna, during the
opening ceremony of a strategic planning
retreat on the monitoring, supervision and
evaluation of 2017 UTME with the theme:
“Inclusiveness and sensitisation of key
external actors.”
According to JAMB, a total of 240,000
candidates have so far registered for the
examination which has been scheduled for
May 20, barely one week after the
commencement of the sale of forms which
is expected to end on April 22 . The
organisation said the reduction of hours was
in line with international best standards and
practices where no candidate is kept in an
examination such as UTME for more than
two hours.
He said: “We are going to reduce the
duration of the examination for this
year’s UTME. You cannot keep children of
this age for three hours. For their age,
the maximum time you can keep them is
two hours. So, we are considering the
reduction in the time they spend
because once it is more than two hours
you can’t expect that they will retain
their presence of mind.”
Oloyede added that out of 13 commercial
banks and the Nigeria Postal Service that
have signified interest in the sales of the
admission forms, only nine have paid for
the number of application documents they
required in the first instance. In a related
development, since JAMB started the sale of
the 2017 UTME form, candidates have been
finding it hard to do their registration.
It was gathered from JAMB Twitter handle
that the cause of the invalid pin being
experienced by candidates was due to a very
high rate of candidates buying ePINS
without creating their profile first, incorrect
email address provided at the bank teller
and unforeseen technical issues in the PIN
vending system. Recently, some Nigerians
who distinguished themselves while studying
in the United Kingdom were rewarded for
their outstanding achievements in an
elaborate ceremony.

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