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  • Updated: April 19, 2024

2024 JAMB: 1.9 million students sit for UTME

2024 JAMB: 1.9 million students sit for UTME

The Joint Admissions and Matriculation Board (JAMB) initiated the 2024 Unified Tertiary Matriculation Examination (UTME) nationwide on Friday, albeit encountering technical glitches in some Computer-Based Test (CBT) centres.

Prof. Ishaq Oloyode, the Registrar of JAMB, assured affected candidates that they would be rescheduled to sit the examination at a later date, urging them to remain calm amidst the challenges faced.

Speaking to journalists after monitoring the exercise at a JAMB CBT centre in Kogo, Bwari, Abuja, Oloyode acknowledged the anticipated technical hurdles on the first day of the UTME due to the country's technological landscape.

Over 1.9 million candidates registered for the UTME, scheduled to run from April 19th to April 29th across more than 750 CBT centres nationwide. While the majority of the examination proceeded smoothly, Oloyode noted an isolated incident at one centre, which encountered issues.

Addressing the media, Oloyode emphasized the importance of understanding such challenges, expressing his expectation that about 10 per cent of the centres might encounter problems on the first day due to varying levels of technological development across the country.

He said: "Today's examination is very important to us because we have done some engineering that we have been trying to do in the last seven years that we only become successful about it today for the first time.

“Those who are fraudsters, who are doing all sorts of things, they know that they are in trouble because, for the first time, we are able to do certain things that we have been aspiring to do.

“We have found out that some of the candidates are giving their details to fraudsters, and fortunately, we thank the security agencies as they have been marvellously good to us.

“Almost all the persons that have been doing this (fraudulent activities) are already in their nets. I won’t want to mention the numbers but I’m very happy to tell you that they are in the nets.

“We thank the Inspector-General of Police, Director-General of the Department of State Services, Director-General of the Nigerian Security and Civil Defence Corp, and the Nigerian Police Force National CyberCrime Centre.”

Regarding examination malpractice, Oloyode warned candidates against involvement, emphasizing the board's commitment to curbing fraudulent activities. He commended security agencies for their collaboration in apprehending individuals engaged in fraudulent practices related to the UTME.

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