Chris Steven, Abuja
Ahead of 2017 Unified Tertiary Matriculation Examination (UTME), the Joint Admissions and Matriculation Board (JAMB) and other examination bodies in the country have agreed on a harmonized timetable to have a hitch free examination.
This followed a brainstorming meeting with managements of National Examination Council (NECO), West African Examination Council (WAEC) and National Business and Technical Examination (NABTEB) held at its headquarters in Abuja on Tuesday.
A statement issued by the Head of Media at JAMB, Dr. Fabian Benjamin said the harmonised examination timetable has put to rest problems arising from overlapping of examination dates, which would have disenfranchised a sizeable number of candidates.
According to the statement the examination bodies resolved that WAEC would speak to all its authorities that from 2018, between March and April, that a window of two weeks would be created where all other examinations that have nothing to do with Nigeria will be held so as to allow a window for JAMB to conduct its examination.
They also greed that for the purpose of the 2017 UTME, JAMB would shift its examinations to allow students face WAEC, NECO and NABTEB.
Dr. Benjamin in the statement disclosed that a ten-day window for JAMB’s UTME has been created by all examination bodies for it o conduct it’s examination adding that the Board would soon announce the commencement of sale of the 2017/2018 admission forms for UTME and Direct Entry (DE).
He reiterated that any unauthorized person that is presently collecting any money in the name of JAMB form should be reported to the Police or any other security agency as fraudster.
“Again, the Board is using this opportunity to inform Nigerians that it has not commenced the sales of its application documents. The forms will be out as soon as all critical planning are concluded to ensure a smooth examination in 2017.” He said
This was as he said that both NECO and NABTEB have also adjusted their examination timetables to avoid overlap in subjects that are common to the two examination bodies.