The Registrar, Joint Admission and Matriculation Board (JAMB), Prof. Ishaq Oloyede, on Thursday said the 2017/2018 Unified Tertiary Matriculation Examination (UTME) will hold in May.
Oloyede, who was speaking at the 2017 Nigerian Academy of Letters Annual Lecture in Abuja, said there was delay in the sales of the forms due to some logistics.
He said the board eliminated the use of scratch cards because many students were victims of extortion from cybercafé attendants.
Oloyede said the board was putting in place strategies that would ensure hitch-free conduct of the examinations.
He added that the board had consulted with relevant examination bodies to ensure there was no clash in any examination.
The JAMB chief said, “We have observed that people are selling fake forms but what we are doing is to try to sanitize the system and as soon as that is done we will start selling the forms.
“In any case, JAMB has invited other examination bodies, there will be no clash but we want to hold the exams when it is appropriate.
“You also know that if we conduct the examination in March, the result will come out almost immediately but the result cannot be used until August or September.
“So, we have to keep the results and that will give room for people to be thinking it’s possible to upgrade.
“But, if we conduct our examination very close to when the result is needed the possibility or perceptions for upgrading will not be there.
“We need to reassure stakeholders that those selling fake forms are gone. We are not going to sell out forms through the other process.”
Updated On: 24 Feb 2017
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