80,000 candidates partake in rescheduled UTME

The Minister of Education, Adamu Adamu, has expressed satisfaction over the conduct of the rescheduled 2023 Unified Tertiary Matriculation Examination (UTME) for 80,000 candidates.

Adamu, alongside Registrar, Joint Admissions and Matriculation Board (JAMB), Prof Is-haq Oloyede, monitored the exam at the Computer Based Test (CBT) centres located in Mambilla Barrack, Asokoro, Abuja.

He said: “I am very happy with what I have seen. The (temporary) holding room (for candidates), and the arrangement in which they are taking the examination, I think everything is in order.”

Saying no negative incident was recorded in the conduct of the UTME at the CBT centre, the minister, however, made a case for a temporary holding place for candidates waiting for the scheduled time of the exam.

“Everything is okay, have you seen any problem? Perhaps they should have a class for the holding room, I think that is the only improvement they will make here,” Adamu said.

Meanwhile, JAMB’s Head of Public Affairs and Protocol, Dr Fabian Benjamin, in an interview on Saturday, said about 80,000 candidates, who could not sit for the 2023 UTME within their scheduled time owing to no fault of theirs, sat for the rescheduled UTME across the country.

According to the JAMB’s spokesperson, candidates affected included those who were verified at their centres but could not sit the examination, those who could not be biometrically verified, and those with mismatched data, among others.

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