Written by Godfrey AKON

JAMB schedules 2018 UTME for March 9-17

The Joint Admissions and Matriculation Board, JAMB, has fixed March 9-17 for the conduct of the 2018 Unified Tertiary Matriculation Examination, UTME. 

Registrar of JAMB, Prof Ishaq Oloyede, disclosed this at a critical stakeholders meeting in Abuja, to discuss plans and modalities for the sale and registration of the 2018 UTME application. 
Oloyede said before proposing the date of the 2018 UTME, the board took cognizance of the dates of other public examinations in the country such as the April/May senior secondary school examination conducted by the West African Examination Council, WAEC, the June/July National Examinations Council, NECO and the July/August business and technical examination, NABTEB.
He disclosed that an optional mock examination is also proposed to take place from January 22 to 24, 2018, depending on the number of interested candidates and centers to be used for the exercise.
On the participation of foreign candidates, the JAMB boss announced a significant slash on foreign registration fees from $100 and $150 US dollars paid in the previous years to $20 US dollars to be paid from 2018.
He however said the Board retained the N5,000 fees candidates within the country are required to pay as registration cost with an additional N300 paid as bank charges.   
The JAMB boss announced that the sale of registration forms for the 2018 UTME would commence on November 22, 2017 and span through a period of two months with a deadline of January 22, 2018.
Oloyede said the board's management would strictly adhere to the sale period as it has put all logistics in place for the smooth conduct of the exercise in 2018, while advising all critical stakeholders to support the board in ensuring the successful sale and registration process.
He called on all state governors, legislators and philanthropists who plan to purchase and distribute application documents to take advantage of the date of sale as the board has no intention to extend the deadline
Speaking further, he disclosed that as part of its anti-malpractice moves, the board will deploy electronic jammers to maintain the integrity of the exercise, while prohibiting items such as electronic gadgets, devices, lens, as well as wrist watches, any form of pen and eye glasses from the examination session.

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