Ajoke Babareke, Abuja
The Joint Admissions and Matriculation Board, JAMB says it is fully ready to commence the 2018 admission exams otherwise known as the unified Tertiary Matriculation Examinations .
The Registrar of the Board, Professor Ishaq Oloyede said this in Abuja while addressing Journalists on the conduct of 2018 admission exams.
Professor Oloyede hinted that results for the 2018 Unified Tertiary Matriculation Examinations would not be released immediately so as to enable the board carry out necessary review.
He said the board recorded a decrease in enrolment of UTME applicants in 2018 following certain measures put in place to forestall multiple registration.
According to the Jamb Registrar, “Findings also revealed that the drop in the number of candidates for this year’s UTME is largely due to measures put in place by the Board to forestall multiple registrations and other unwholesome registration practices by candidates”
“The figure for the 2018 shows a decrease of 55,642 applicants when compared with last year’s figure of 1,718,425 representing a decrease of 3.2 %.” Prof Oloyede added.
The JAMB Registrar said a total number of One Million Six Hundred and Sixty-Two Thousand, Seven Hundred and Sixty-Two (1,662,762 )candidates registered for the 2018 Unified Tertiary Matriculation Examination within a period of two months as against a total of One Million Seven Hundred and Eighteen Thousand Four Hundred and Twenty –Five (1,718,425) candidates who registered within one month (with an extension of two weeks)in 2017.
“The new system of capturing live pictures through USB cameras instead of scanning of pictures; biometric capturing of ten fingers and the order of arrangement of names has curtailed incidences of multiple registrations” Prof Oloyede said.
He announced that about 6500 permanent and ad-hoc staff are deployed for this examination that would hold in 605 centers across the nation.
On innovation developed to make 2018 exams better, The Registrar said the board will continue to keep pace with the changes in technology and candidates behaviour by either innovating new solutions or improving existing capacity in order to sustain its credibility.
“It is important to continue to find ways to address the many inventions of candidates who are determined to circumvent the system” he said.
On conduct of exams for foreign candidates,Professor Oloyede said the board had recorded significant increase in numbers of foreign students applying to sit for the exams and that admission exams will be conducted for them after the exams takes place in Nigeria.
“On foreign students, we are still complying figures although its pleasantly high, after the local exams theirs with take place”
Speaking on application by states, Professor Oloyede said 92,896 candidates applied from IMO state, 24000 candidates applied from Bauchi state while the FCT recorded the lowest with 6,418 candidates.
The 2018 Unified Tertiary Matriculation Examinations will commence on Friday, 9th of March and end on the 19th of Friday March, 2018.