JAMB postpones UTME 2017 exams, extends registration date

The Joint Admission and Registration Board
(JAMB) has extended the registration date for
the 2017 Unified Tertiary Matriculation
Examinations (UTME).
The board extended the deadline for sale of
forms and registration for the exams from the
earlier announced April 19 to May 5.
Consequently, the exam body also postponed
the 2017 UMTE from May 13 to May 20.
The Mock Examination earlier slated
for Saturday, had earlier been put on hold.
The Board said the postponement of the mock
was due to failure from its technical partners.
The Registrar of the Board, Is-haq Oloyede,
who disclosed this in a statement on
Saturday, also apologised to candidates for the
sudden changes.
He said: “We could not go on with the Mock
Examination and hereby announce extension
of registration exercise of the 2017 UTME.
“Instead of the earlier announced April 19, the
deadline for the sale of forms and registration
will now extend to Friday, May 5, 2017.
Consequently, the 2017 UTME has also been
postponed to start on Saturday, May 13 – 20,
“The Mock Examination earlier slated for Saturday, April 8,
2017 has been put on hold.
“This is because the appropriate rehearsal and test-running of
the new system has been substantially achieved.
“The plan was to trial-test the readiness of our facilities and
address the challenges that may likely confront the main
“At this moment, we have realized that the plan to hold this
Mock Examination was good for us. We are now in a better
position to achieve better than we would have done without
this trial testing. This is why the exercise is at no cost to the
“It is our strong conviction that this exercise is an experience for
us. Our systems analysis has revealed interesting findings that
will engender a seamless and successful 2017 UTME exercise.”
JAMB’s spokesperson, Fabian Benjamin, who confirmed the
statement to PREMIUM TIMES in phone chat, said the Board
had on Friday said it would make changes on the exam
process if need be.
The House of Representatives had on April 4 asked JAMB to
extend the registration exercise by at least one month to allow
more people to apply.

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