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Elections will not affect JAMB exams in 2019 – JAMB

Valentine Chinyem

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The 2019 general elections will not affect the 2019/2020 Unified Tertiary Matriculation Examination (UTME).

The Registrar of the Joint Admissions and Matriculation Board (JAMB), Professor Ishaq Oloyede, said this while fielding questions from the press, after delivering the 2018 Annual Sobo Sowemimo Lecture of the Abeokuta Club in Abeokuta, the Ogun State capital.

He said the examination body would have to adjust the proposed examination time-table, since the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC), had given the dates of the 2019 elections.

“I don’t think there will be any need for a shift in the examination date because of the 2019 general elections. I believe INEC has done well by giving us a prior notice six months ago.

“They have given us the date of the elections. So we have no excuse not to have adjusted. We have adjusted appropriately,” he said.

Oloyede said, the body would begin the 2019/2020 examination process by October, promising that the procedure for the next examination would be better than the last one.

“We are on with the 2018/2019 admission exercise. This, we started just about a month ago. We believe that by the end of October, we would then begin the 2019/2020 admission.

“I can assure you that we are fine-tuning and learning from our mistakes last year. We are perfecting the processes and procedures, ensuring that no one is allowed to have undue advantage over the others.

He did not disclose the number of candidates expected to enroll for the examination, but he however, said the body would adopt stricter measures against unqualified candidates from applying and writing the examination for the 2019/2020 admission exercise, noting that some students take the examination while still in their early senior secondary class.

“It is difficult to say the exact number of applicants we are expecting this time. We expect to crash the number because many of those who are taking the forms are not even prepared or qualified for the exam.

“Some are SS1 students, who are just trying; contributing N5,000 unduly to our purse. We are putting in place some checks to make people who want to apply to be minimally qualified.

“That’s where we are moving to, rather than creating unrealistic figures. We cannot say actually this is the figure but we are trying to ensure that we don’t have unnecessary luggage.

“We are not interested in the money. We are interested in having adequate preparation for those who are genuine students,” he added.