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JAMB fixes March 9 to 17 for 2018 UTME

The Joint Admissions and Matriculation Board has said the Unified Tertiary Matriculation Examination in 2018 will hold from March 9 to March 17 in about 620 computer -based test centres nationwide .

The JAMB Registrar , Prof. Is-haq Oloyede, who said this during a stakeholders’ meeting in Abuja on Wednesday , noted that the board had prohibited items such as “ wristwatches, any form of pen , while eyeglasses would also be scrutinised. ”

Oloyede said the UTME date was chosen “ taking into cognizance the dates of other public examinations , ” adding that an optional mock examination would hold between January 22 and 27 .

The JAMB registrar said each UTME application form would be sold for N 5, 000.

Oloyede said , “ The board has commenced its plans and programmes for the 2018 UTME and Direct Entry in earnest. The two processes , including applicants from foreign countries, will run concurrently.

“ The proposed date for the 2018 UTME is from March 9 to 17 . On the accreditation of computer -based test centres , the results of the different levels of inspection and accreditation would determine the centres participating in the 2018 exercise . So far , about 620 CBT centres have been pencilled in and they would be allowed to register candidates.

“ In the UTME, the board will also introduce electronic jammers at all the CBT centres . In addition to telephone and other materials at examination venues, the following items such as wristwatches and any form of pens are prohibited. Eyeglasses are also to be scrutinised .

“ It is proposed that the sale of forms would commence in November and end in January spanning a period of two months as against one month in the 2017 exercise .

“ The board has introduced the mock examination to test the readiness of the candidates and only candidates who register for the Mock by December 2017 will be eligible . But the mock is optional. We have also proposed that the mock examination takes place between March 9 and 17 2018 . In proposing these dates , the board takes into consideration the dates of other public examinations. ”

The registrar said 160 units of computers had been purchased to enhance the conduct of the 2018 UTME for prison inmates in Ikoyi , Lagos State , and Kaduna State .

“ The UTME will be conducted in Benin Republic , Cameroon , Ghana , Ivory Coast , Ethiopia , South Africa, the Gambia , Saudi Arabia and the United Kingdom. The examination will also be conducted in Kaduna and Ikoyi Prisons , where the sums of N 18 m and N10 . 8 m were provided respectively to buy 100 and 60 units of computer accordingly , ” the registrar noted.

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