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2017 UTME: Mock On Saturday. JAMB Expects $5B CBT Savings – Registrar

by Kim Boateng Posted on April 27th, 2017

2017 UTME: Mock On Saturday. JAMB Expects $5B CBT Savings – Registrar. As  the mock test earlier shelved by JAMB is set to hold this Saturday 29th April, 2017 and The Joint Admissions and Matriculation Board, JAMB  Registrar Oloyede said he’s optimistic the challenges which scuttled the initial exercise would be taken care of this time. He also said that the Computer-Based Test adopted in the forthcoming Unified Tertiary Matriculation Examination (UTME) would save the examination body about N5 billion.

Registrar of JAMB, Professor Ishaq Oloyede stated this Tuesday at a press briefing on the training of its examination officials in Abuja.Oloyede noted that under his watch, JAMB would deploy cost-effective measures to deliver on its statutory mandate.

“We have tried our best as much as we can, taking efficiency as the watchword as far as the conduct of examination is concerned because we believe this country deserve the best.

All we have been trying to do is to do things that will not make Nigeria inferior in the comity of examination bodies. All we’ve been trying to do is to find the most efficient way to conduct our examinations,” Oloyede said.

“Instead of spending billions on our examinations, we can spend millions and achieve better results. That is all I have been struggling to do, to make sure that instead of collecting N7 billion and spending N6.8 billion in the conduct of examination, we should be able to save at least N5 billion,” he stressed.

While noting that there are skepticism on the part of some Nigerians about the workings of new innovations, the Registrar said he is optimistic of taking JAMB to the next level, regardless of challenges.

“Yes, some people argue that in Nigeria, there are many variables that you cannot determine. I have strong faith in this country and I believe that whatever works in normal places will work in Nigeria,” he added.

This was even as it postponed the 2017 UTME earlier scheduled to start on Saturday, May 6, 2017.  Under the new arrangements, the examination is to start on Saturday, May 13 to 20.

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Professor Ishaq Oloyede, JAMB’s registrar, who announced the developments at a news briefing in Abuja, a while ago, hinged the reason for extension of the registration period on logistic problems. Oloyede, who could not dwell well on the logistics issues, explained that failure on the part of technical partners resulted to the developments.

He said instead of the earlier announced April 19, the deadline for the sale of forms and registration is now extended to Friday, May 5, 2017.

The board, apologised to candidates and other stakeholders on the changes effected.

On the 2017 UTME new start date of Saturday May 13 (end May 20th), Oloyede said his team is prepared to conduct a hitch-free examination across all centres of the country. “I and my colleagues in JAMB management have tried our best and have prepared as much as we can. We also believe in our partners, MTN and Airtel which are our two service providers in the conduct of this examination and I want to appeal to them to see this as a national assignment.”

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