Chris Steven, Abuja
The 2017 Unified Tertiary Matriculation Examination, UTME kicked off nationwide on Saturday with over 57,000 candidates writing the examination on the first day of the one week examination.
The examination being organised by the Joint Admissions and Matriculation Board, JAMB is taking place in 642 centers across the 36 states of the Federation and the Federal Capital Territory, Abuja.
A total of 1,731,039 candidates are expected to sit for the one week examination which is the first to be conducted on the leadership of Is-haq Oloyede as the Registrar of JAMB since his appointment in 2016.
Addressing journalists in Abuja at Digital Bridge Institute, Abuja, JAMB Registrar, Is-haq Oloyede expressed satisfaction with the conduct of the examination.
“The first day, we are having a bit above 57000 candidates because we want to be skeletal today and we do not want to have the three sessions today. By Monday we would start the three sessions.” The Registrar said
According to him, the Board started the UTME for the day with two sessions in order to accommodate initial technical hitches that may crop up during the conduct of the examination noting that subsequent days would have three sessions.
He said ” I have been to at least seven centers today. If in this center, they were one hour late, I think that is still pardonable and even at that they have finished the first session and the time is still after 10.
We have just two sessions today and we deliberately put two sessions and not three today because this is the first day and we expect that they would have some wiring problems and so on and so on.”
Oloyede disclosed that only four out of the 642 centers being used for the examination had hitches noting that two of such problems were recorded in Bauchi, one in Kano and another one in Ekpoma, Edo syate noting that the problems were not technical related but those created by those he said were trying to cut corners.
“Out of 642 centres, we have problems with four. We have two problems in some where in bauchi, one in Kano, one in Ekpoma but that is why we have given them two three hours to put the centre, not from technology problem but from those who are cutting corners in the centres who have not put the centres in place and for the ingenuity of certain people, criminals and certain people that do not know that we have put technology in place to detect what they are doing.” He explained