The Joint Admissions and Matriculation Board(JAMB), on wednesday debunked report swindle around the national dailys that the board had postponed the 2015 Unified Tertiary Matriculation Examination (UTME).
The Registrar and Chief Executive of JAMB, Prof. ‘Dibu Ojerinde at a press briefing on Thursday in Abuja, who quash the report, asserted that the exam is scheduled to hold between Tuesday March 10 and Saturday March 21 across 400 centers in the country and seven foreign countries namely; Ghana, Cameroon, Republic of Benin, Saudi Arabia, South Africa and Ethiopia.
His words: “We didn’t postpone the examination as reported by a national daily. Its not fair to have reported that the examination started on Wednesday. We did not tell them come for examination yesterday. We believe that we have enemies who don’t want this to work. We shall do it.
“Next week is when examination starts and not yesterday. The effect of insecurity can be seen in the rate of registration especially in the North. We want to move this country forward, we want to curb examination malpractices and we want to do it the way it is done world over. The president has endorsed our effort. The beneficiaries of pencil based exam did not want the computer based test”.
Ojerinde also disclosed that, applications for 2015 UTME showed a slight decrease of 156,695 candidates, when compared with that of 2014 when 1,632,172 candidates applied for the examination.
Imo State has the highest number of applications with 104,381, while Delta State comes second with 78,854 candidates.
Anambra State has a total of 77,689 candidates who applied for the examination while FCT has the lowest with 4,085.
Borno, Adamawa and Yobe states, where Boko Haram has displaced several resident, also rank among the lowest with 15,692, 15,613 and 10,044 candidates respectively.
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