Joint Admission and Matriculation Board, JAMB, has begun its 2016 Unified Tertiary Matriculation Examination, UTME, on the full Computer –Based Test mode, saying the examination will be for only one section in all the centres nationwide.
In a chat with Nigerian Pilot Sunday, the Board’s spokesperson, Dr Fabian Benjamin, said some of the centres that should conduct three sections of the exams per day will conduct only one section, while the remaining sections will be taken up later.
He said although JAMB has perfected its arrangement on the year’s CB test, it will use the single section test as a test run to see how the entire exercise will look like and to study problematic areas from the test –run to effect necessary corrections so that the rest of the exams will be hitch-free.
Dr Benjamin said the exercise was expected to last not more than 14 days and has re-opened its portal for candidates who couldn’t complete the process of the 2016 registration to do so.
He, however, warned that the portal was not opened for fresh registration, but was a 48-hour grace, and was expected to expire by Thursday last week.
“The Board is using this opportunity to clearly state that the Federal Ministry of Education and JAMB will not be doing this again and prospective candidates should take note as registration will close as advertised”, he said.
He said a total number of One Million, Five Hundred and Eighty-Nine Thousand, One Hundred and Seventy-Fifty (1,589,175) candidates applied for the 2016 UTME, compared to the One Million, Four Hundred and Seventy-Five Thousand, Four Hundred and Seventy-Seven (1,475,477) candidates that registered for the 2015 UTME, representing a percentage increase of 7.2.
Dr Benjamin also indicated that Three Hundred and Forty-three (343) Prison Inmates registered for the 2016 UTME, adding that they will also have access to computers at both the Kaduna and Ikoyi prisons.
Going by analysis of application from states, Imo records the highest number of applicants put at 102,727 followed by Osun, Oyo, Delta nadAnambra States with 83,060, 81,065, 90,197 and 76,777 respectively.
According to the analysis, the Federal Capital Territory, FCT, records the lowest number of applicants put at 5,069, followed by Zamfara, Yobe, Kebbi and Sokoto States with 7,254, 12,079, 12,398 and 14,443 respectively.
He further disclosed that the examination will hold simultaneously in Five Hundred and Twenty-one (521) Examination Centres in Nigeria and Eight (8) Foreign Centres namely: Accra in Ghana, Buea in Republic of Cameroun, Cotonou in Republic of Benin, London in United Kingdom, Jeddah in Kingdom of Saudi-Arabia, Johannesburg in Republic of South Africa, Addis Ababa in Ethiopia and Abidjan in Cote d’Ivoire

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