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JAMB Ready For March UTME—Official

The Joint Admissions and Matriculation Board (JAMB) on Saturday declared its readiness to conduct this year’s Unified Tertiary Matriculation Examination (UTME) through Computer Based Test (CBT) in March. JAMB’s Head of Public Relations, Dr Fabian Benjamin, made this known in an interview with the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) in Bwari. He said although no time frame had been fixed yet for conduct of the examination, it would hold in March. He noted that on-going registration for the said examination began in September, 2015 and would close on March 5. “ We are ready for the examination, even if the examination is to take place tomorrow we are ready; we are only waiting for candidates to finish their registration. “We have given them time to do their proper registration and we wouldn’t want to cut that, we will wait for them to conclude and then conduct the examination as arranged. “The registration will close on March 5; it started in September and stops on deadline of registration date, they can print out their centre slips, which closes after close of registration. “We have made adequate arrangements; we have taken into cognisance issue of power, system breakdown and challenges of connectivity of whatever we are using. “We have fashioned all these things into our preparation and we are good to go, whatever it takes we will finish the examination in March,’’ Benjamin said. He said there were lingering issues concerning difficulty by candidates to gain admission into university of their choice due to distribution problem. The spokesman said that the board had created room for UTME candidates to choose two universities as against limitation to only one choice during previous examinations. “ If you follow the trend of things last year, you will notice that we introduced what is called the redistribution of candidates. “ Why we did that is because we noticed some of these universities were oversubscribed to and some of the candidates did not get those places. “Rather than allow candidates suffer undue delay when there are vacancies in other tiers of tertiary institutions, we decided that tertiary institutions provide us their requirements to find solution. “We needed to know the requirements for candidates institutions want to admit and their admission capacity; to ascertain which polytechnics and colleges of education has opportunity for them. “Candidates who were redistributed, were those that did not stand the chance of gaining admission into the institutions they had chosen and without redistributing them they will not be admitted,’’ he said. The redistribution approach, he said, was aimed at broadening candidates’ choice and opportunity for securing admission into higher institutions. (NAN)

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