By Ngozi Nwankwo
In spite of the technical hitches experienced in the first day of the ongoing 2023 Unified Tertiary Matriculation Examination, UTME, the Joint Admissions and Matriculation Board, JAMB has described this year’s examination as the best ever had over since introduction of Computer Based Test, CBT.
Head of Public Affairs and Protocol of the Board, Dr Fabian Benjamin,
made this known after monitoring the ongoing UTME alongside Registrar of JAMB, Professor Is-haq Oloyede and others, on Thursday in Abuja.
Benjamin said,” This is the best exam we have had over a period of time, but I know many will like to contest that because of what happened on Tuesday, but I know if you have been in the system and be following our exams, you will know that the first day is always turbulent, as we progress we stabilise and continue the exercise.
“And one assurance we want to give Nigerians, is that every candidate that has registered for this examination, he or she will certainly be given the opportunity to take the examination.
” On the first day, there were candidates who were unable to sit for the examination because of technical issues and we have rescheduled those candidates, some of them are taking the exam as we speak and some will also take tomorrow.
” We urge candidates particularly those who could not sit for yesterday’s exercise to continue to check their profile and print their slip as we reschedule them for the examination.”
He revealed that about 947,000 candidates have so far sat for this year’s Unified Tertiary Matriculation Examination,UTME, within the last two days.
While assuring that everyone registered for the exam would be given the opportunity to take part in the exercise, Benjamin said the Board has resolved the technical hitches that was experienced in the first of day the UTME in some centres across the country.
He also revealed that the Board’s management would announce the results soon.
” We are looking at the results and by the grace of God, we will release the first batch of the results soon,” he said.
On the number of candidates that have encountered technical issues in sitting for the examination, he said : “In the last two days, excluding today, we have examined 947, 000 candidates. Out of the 947,000 candidates we had issues with about 60,000 candidates and these candidates are being rescheduled (for the exam).
” If you are to give a pass mark, out of 900,000, you had issue with 60,000, it is a fair share, but that is not to say even if it is one candidate that is unable to sit for the exam we are not concerned,” Fabian said, even as he assured that all candidates will sit for the exam.
Recall that over 1.6 million registered for the 2023 UTME which commenced on April 25th and is expected to end on 3rd May