Written by Godfrey AKON

1.8 million candidates, 343 prisoners participate in 2016 UTME

Over 1,850,000 candidates were registered for the 2016 Unified Tertiary Matriculation Examination, UTME, nationwide.

Registrar of the Joint Admissions and Matriculations Board, JAMB, Prof. Dibu Ojerinde, who disclosed this in Abuja while monitoring the on-going exams, said the figures represent an increase of 113,673 above candidates who applied for the examination in 2015.

Ojerinde also disclosed that that over 200,000 results had been released since the examinations began on February, 27.

“We have always advised candidates to indicate the correct telephone number through which they could receive SMS and get their results. But some candidates continue to make the mistake of giving us the telephone number of the business centres where they registered for the examination,” he said.

He said 343 prisoners registered for the examination at the Kaduna and Ikoyi prisons and would have access to computers during the exercise.

Ojerinde also noted that the National Communications Commission, NCC, has been mandated to give JAMB at least four centres every year, adding that the first four are fully completed, while the next four would soon be built.

Minister of Education, Mallam Adamu Adamu, who was conducted round some JAMB centres in Abuja, expressed reservation over the computer based exercise, while at the same time, expressing satisfaction with the conduct of the exams.

“I seem to be very comfortable and happy with what they are doing, but my question has not been answered.

“There may be people who are not computer literate; so what do you do with them? I do not have reservation about CBT but I have sympathy for those who are not computer literate and there are many of them,” Adamu said.

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