The Registrar of the Joint Admissions and Matriculation Board (JAMB), Ishaq Oloyede, on Wednesday, said that the Unified Tertiary Matriculation Examination (UTME) will take place in May.
Oloyode who spoke about the use of scratch cards, noted that the cases of candidates being defrauded are rampant, ”For the 2017 UTME, we have taken a decision to commence the sale of the form soon. Within the next two weeks, we will be out. The reason for this is that we are making all arrangements that ought to be made.
”We have changed the process of payment, no more scratch card selling. We need to put the right architecture in place and we have put this in place.
“The examination will be coming up later than usual. This is to make sure we take into consideration the interest of the students. We are going to conduct the UTME in May. It will not clash with any SSCE examinations, Oloyede stressed.
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He also added that “Normally, we conduct our examinations around March and the results will be ready within two to three days. But when do we need the results? It is always between July and August.
”This gives room for all forms of suspicion. If you go on the net, you will see people claiming that they could help candidates to upgrade their results because the results are lying fallow between March and July.
“Now we want to shorten the period in such a way that the time between the examination and when the results will be used will be very short. There will be no opportunity for anybody to even dream of upgrading results.
Speaking about the examinations, “I or the management will not promise a hitch-free examination because when you are doing the type of re-engineering we are doing, you cannot say that there will be no hitches.
”But we believe that we are on top of it and whatever problem arises, we will solve it. Everybody will, however, have fair treatment and everybody will be well-treated. This is what I can assure Nigerians. We expect about 1.5 million candidates for UTME and about 200,000 and 300,000 candidates for Direct Entry,” he added.