Imo, Osun, Oyo top JAMB UTME exam applicants

Imo State has, for the second year running, topped the number of Joint Admissions and Matriculation Board (JAMB) applications with 101,868 this year, the board’s registrar, Is-haq Oloyede, said yesterday.

The registrar spoke at a briefing with reporters yesterday in Abuja ahead of the Unified Tertiary Matriculation Examination (UTME) billed to start on Saturday in 642 computer-based test (CBT) centres across the country.

According to Oloyede, other states that topped the list of applicants are Osun, and Oyo, following the applications of statistics by state of origin.

Oloyede said Osun recorded the second highest with 88,653 applications. Oyo had 87,811 applications.

The JAMB registrar said Benue (68, 916), Kogi (70,150) and Kano (70,276) recorded the lowest applications.

He added that the agency registered 1.7 million candidates – an increase of 464,287 candidates from last year’s 1.2 million registered candidates.

Oloyede said: “As we set for the 2017 exercise, we have expanded on almost all the frontiers of the 2017 examinations. You may recall that last year, the examination was conducted in 524 centres. The 2017 UTME will hold simultaneously in 642 examination centres in Nigeria.

“A total number of 1,736, 571 candidates have registered for the 2017 UTME.

”In the last UTME conducted in 2016, a total of 1,272,284 candidates registered for the 2015 UTME.

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“The figure for the 2017 UTME shows an increase of 464,287 applicants when compared with last year’s figure of 1,272,284.”

He said JAMB was more prepared to conduct a successful UTME after learning lessons from the recent past.

The JAMB registrar added that the board has made provisions for 321 visually impaired candidates to write the examination.

“A total of 321 visually impaired candidates registered for this year’s examination and adequate arrangements have been provided to ensure that they partake in the examination.

“It is the board’s desire to ensure that no candidate is deprived of taking its examination. The examination will be conducted using JAMB’s equal opportunity group, a group of experts in education, who have graciously assisted in the assessment exercise.

“We have created 691,000 registration points instead of the previous less than 1000. This means that we have developed a system that would allow 69,1000 candidates to register in 10 minutes with our free access code granted to 100 points of registration at each centre, even if our plan was to register 50,000 candidates per day.

”We have started to install CCTV cameras at our test centres so that from the situation room, we can monitor what is going on across the country,” he said.

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Oloyede added that the organisation had successfully prosecuted two Nigerians who forged the board’s results and came for confirmation.

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