The Joint Admissions and Matriculation Board (JAMB) has revealed that a total of 1,589,175 candidates who applied for the 2016 Unified Tertiary Matriculation Examination (UTME) will start exams tomorrow.
JAMB Registrar Dibu Ojerinde, who made the remarks in a statement on Thursday said the examination will hold simultaneously in 521 centres in Nigeria and 8 foreign centres.
The foreign centres are: Accra in Ghana; Buea in Republic of Cameroun; Cotonou in Republic of Benin; London in United Kingdom; Jeddah in Kingdom of Saudi-Arabia; Johannesburg in Republic of South Africa; Addis Ababa in Ethiopia and Abidjan in Cote d’Ivoire is expected to last 14 days.
He said the minimum cut-off points approved by the policy committee chaired by education minister was 180 marks but “institutions are at liberty to go higher than 180 depending on their peculiarity and this does not in any way infringe on the powers of the Board.”
He noted that this year, 343 prison inmates will take part in the computer-based test. They will do so in Ikoyi (Lagos) and Kaduna (Kaduna) prisons.
According to him, the prison inmates will also have access to computers at both the Kaduna and Ikoyi prisons, where they are expected to take a bold step towards acquiring tertiary education.
Ojerinde, who said candidates were expected to have commenced the printing of their e-registration slips as at Thursday, February 18th, 2016, added in a statement yesterday that, “Candidates 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.
“Candidates will be provided with scratch sheets in the examination halls. All candidates are required to provide such information as registration number, examination number and signature on the scratch sheets. 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.”
He appealed to all examination officials to ensure that instructions are read and adhered to by candidates.
“The board will also want to remind examination officials that the rules guiding the conduct of the examination have been included in the training manual given to them. We appeal to them to follow the steps as indicated in the manual for a hitch-free examination” he added.