Utme Exams To Be Conducted In London, Saudi-arabia And Johannesburg – Jamb
SAN FRANCISCO, February 25, (THEWILL) – The Joint Admissions and Matriculation Board (JAMB) has announced that it will be conducting the 2016 UTME in London, United Kingdom; Jeddah, Kingdom of Saudi-Arabia, and Johannesburg, Republic of South Africa.
It declared that the examination will hold simultaneously in Five Hundred and Twenty-one (521) Examination Centres in Nigeria and Eight (8) Foreign Centres including Accra in Ghana, Buea in Republic of Cameroun, Cotonou in Republic of Benin, Addis in Ethiopia and Abidjan in Cote d'Ivoire.
In a statement released by the board, signed by Prof. 'Dibu Ojerinde, OON Registrar/Chief Executive, JAMB, it stated that the exams will be conducted from Saturday, 27rd February, 2016 and is expected to last not more than 14 days.
“A total number of One Million, Five Hundred and Eighty-Nine Thousand, One Hundred and Seventy-Fifty (1,589,175) candidates applied for the 2016 UTME,” it stated.
The figure is an increase of One Hundred and Thirteen Thousand, Six Hundred and Seventy-three (113,673) applicants when compared with last year's figure of One Million, Four Hundred and Seventy-Five Thousand, Four Hundred and Seventy-seven (1,475,477).
Imo state tops the list with 102,727 applicants followed by Osun with 83,060 and Oyo with 81,065 applicants. FCT had the least applications with 5,069 applicants following Zamfara with 7,254 and Yobe with 12,079 applicants.
“The Board after the closure of registration had to reopen it portal for candidates who couldn't complete the process of the 2016 registration to do so, however this didn't include fresh registration.
“This was a 48hours grace and is expected to close by Thursday 12midnight. The Board want to use this opportunity to clearly state that the Federal Ministry of Education and JAMB will not be doing this again and prospective future candidates should take note as registration will close as indicated on our advertisement.
“Let me state here that candidates are allowed to change their choices of institutions and courses only once. This change has to be effected within two  weeks after the results are released.
“Candidates are hereby informed that there will be no rescheduling of any examination. Any candidate who fails to turn up for his/her examination on the date assigned has missed the examination. Please note that the examination has been programmed in such a way that rescheduling is impossible.
“In our effort to maximize the utilization of the few spaces in our tertiary institutions introduced the redistribution of candidates in the last admission exercise. This policy was grossly misunderstood even though these candidates were candidates that were not admit-able based on the prevailing guidelines.
“However, the Board has fine-tuned the policy by introducing another choice after the preferred amongst schools that are under-subscribed to enable candidates take-up a second opportunity if they fail to get their first preferred choice.
“The 180 cut-off point is a minimum requirement and not an indication that one is admissible. Other factors, criteria of admissions will also follow in arriving at what constitute admissible cut-off point.
“And we call on Nigerians to continue to support the Board in this drive to return the glory of Nigerian education when it was placed far above foreign education.”
On the conduct of the exams, Jamb stated that candidates were expected to have commenced printing of their e-registration slips as at Thursday, 18th February, 2016 and are required to come to the Examination Centres with their e-registration slips only. They are not allowed to come to examination halls with any writing materials.
Story by David Oputah