JAMB assures of readiness to conduct UTME Mock Exams on Saturday, 29 April, 2017.
The Joint Admission and Matriculations Board, JAMB, has said arrangements have been concluded for interested candidates to write the mock examination of the Unified Tertiary Matriculation Examination, UTME, this Saturday, 29 April, 2017.
The Registrar of JAMB, Is’haq Oloyede, made this known Wednesday in Abuja during a training session organized to equip JAMB staff and external resource persons drawn from across the country, on the technical know-how of the computer based test ahead of the mock UTME and UTME respectively.
According to him, the failure of the board to conduct the mock test as earlier scheduled, which was an unexpected glitch on the part of one of the partners, would no longer surface as the board has put alternative measures in place to ensure a successful mock UTME across all CBT centres in the country.
“After we have gone back to the drawing board because we didn’t expect a failure from one of our partners, what we have done is to create some other redundancies that if this one fails we will be able to come up with this.
“We believe that come next Saturday, we will do our best. What we have done now is that last Monday we conducted a preliminary mock in ten places across the country and it was 99 percent success. We conducted it in Sokoto, Abuja, Lagos, Ilorin, Nasarawa, Lokoja and we tested the technology again it was working but it worked because of the cooperation of all,” he said.
Oloyede disclosed that the board is in partnership two service providers, MTN and Airtel, to ensure a hitch free conduct of the examination; he however expressed displeasure over the network failure of MTN service provider during the preliminary trial testing in Bwari, Abuja.
“In Bwari the day we were to do the trial testing, between 12, o clock and 4 pm, there was no MTN anywhere in Bwari, we had to switch over to Airtel to be able to conduct the examination. We have protested strongly to MTN and we hope that MTN will not allow such. The reason we were given was that MTN was down in the whole of Bwari, that the generator was down, the battery was down, the backup was down from 12pm to 4 pm.
“”That was a strange coincidence but before we anticipated such we were able to switch to Airtel and we were able to conduct a successful preliminary testing. We hope that it will not happen again we have reasons that some of the things happenings are extraordinary but I have not been appointed to give excuses but to deliver and that is why I promise I will do my best hoping that every other party will play
While stressing that the mock UTME is free, the JAMB boss disclosed that all JAMB related examinations could be written anywhere in the country with mobile phones especially in the rural areas, in cases where there are no computers or the candidates are not computer.