- JAMB gave the hint about the decision on Thursday in Abuja
- over 1.4 million candidates will be taking part in the examination
- It says use of computer will eliminate malpractices
- Test will hold in Nigeria and eight other foreign countries simultaneously
- Number of students that registered decreased by 1.6 million
- Insurgency in Nigeria’s north-east reduced number of students from that area
Addressing reporters on Thursday in Abuja the, the Board said it had concluded plans to conduct the 2015 examinations with One million four hundred and seventy five thousand four hundred and seventy seven students sitting for it.
The test will be conducted in Nigeria and eight other foreign countries.
The Board said the figure for the 2015 Unified Tertiary Matriculation Examination showed a decrease of 1.6 million from the numbers of students registered in the Year 2014.
Insurgency cuts north-east numbers
The Registrar, Professor Dibu Ojerinde, told reporters that two hundred and eight inmates registered for the examination. He said that the Board had introduced Regulated Registration Platform to enhance image of public Examinations in Nigeria.
“A total of 1,475,477 students applied to sit for 2015 UTME jamb examinations and 208 inmayes applied while 192 visually impaired candidates also applied”
He said the effect of insurgency and terror attacks on Northern Nigeria reflected in the numbers of students registered for the examination in the north-east.
According to the Registrar, the board had set up a Regulated Registration Platform for the registration of its 2015 Examinations to enhance the image of Public Examinations in Nigeria
Professor Ojerinde also said that the Board was currently exporting the Computer Based Test technology to other examination bodies on the African continent.
He clarified that the mode of examination was not internet-based but computer-based test whereby questions supplied to students are localised.
“For the management of the Joint Admission Matriculation Board, the transformation from Paper Pencil test to a full blown Computer Based Test became imperative so as to address the challenges faced by the Board in the conduct of its examinations.
“The CBT is to give Nigerians an education that is best and second to none globally and the conduct of examinations using CBT in the last two years have shown its prospects,” Professor Ojerinde said.
According to him, the Board is currently exporting the Computer-Based Test technology to other examination bodies on the African continent.
Ready to take correction
Speaking on challenges faced by some candidates on locating and printing of their E-slips, the Registrar explained that e-Registration slips provided for the candidates contained adequate information on examination dates and centres and other key information that would enable candidates sit for their examinations appropriately.
“Over 1.2 million E-slips have been printed and about 250 thousand slips will still be printed before the examinations begin on 10th of march”
“The hitches are natural in any new innovation introduced to any system , Jamb is ready to provide solutions if there is any problems the board is not perfect, if any mistakes are made we are ready to take corrections” the Registrar added.
He stated that the Computer-Based test had eliminated incidences of multiple registration, exploitation of candidates and input of wrong details of candidates during registration.
Imo state in South-east Nigeria tops the list of first ten states of highest applicants with over 104,000 candidates while the Federal Capital Territory had the lowest figure of applicants with 4,000 candidates.
Professor Ojerinde further explained that the board had provided Apex computers for over 190 visually impaired candidates to enable the students pursue their dreams academically.
The Joint Admission Matriculation Board examinations will hold simultaneously in 400 examination centres in Nigeria and Seven Foreign Centres namely Accra, Buea in Republic of Cameroon, Cotonou in Republic of Benin, London in United Kingdom, Jeddah in Kingdom of Saudi-Arabia, Johannesburg in Republic of South Africa and Addis in Ethiopia
President Goodluck Jonathan had endorsed the efforts of the board at the conduct of the Computer Based Test .