JAMB fixes new dates for exams

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The Joint Admissions and Matriculation Board (JAMB) has fixed April 11 for the commencement of the 2019 Unified Tertiary Matriculation Examination (UTME).

The examination is expected to hold for about a week across the country.

The board also said the mock examination which was earlier scheduled to hold on March 23 will now hold on April 1.

The mock examination which is only meant to prepare interested candidates for the main examination does not in any way add to the grades for the main examination.

The JAMB examination was expected to begin on March 16 and end on March 23 at JAMB’s computer-based test centres nationwide, but the postponement of the general elections affected the dates.

After the initial postponement of the examination, no new date was announced until April l1 commencement date was announced on Wednesday.

However, the mock exam which was scheduled to hold on March 23 is now being postponed allegedly because of supplementary elections in some states scheduled for March 23.

Online medium, Premium Times reported how the electoral commission, INEC, announced March 23 for supplementary elections in states and constituencies where elections were declared inconclusive.

Governorship elections were declared inconclusive in six states: Adamawa, Bauchi, Benue, Kano, Plateau, and Sokoto.

This year, the sale or registration forms to all candidates (UTME/DE) including those outside Nigeria, started January 10 and ended February 21.

In a statement sent to the medium, yesterday, JAMB’s spokesperson, Fabian Benjamin, said the change is due to ”certain circumstances beyond the Board’s control.”

According to him, candidates who had indicated interest in the mock examination at the point of registration and have since printed their mock examination notification slips need not print them again.

“All the details on the slips remain the same except the (mock) examination date which is now April 1,” he said.

He said candidates are to begin printing the notification slips for the main examination from April 2, about one week before the examination.

“All candidates who registered for the 2019 UTME are to ensure that they print their examination notification slips before the day of the examination as no excuses would be entertained. The public should note that the Board would not reschedule examination for any candidate,” he said.

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