Prof. Ishaq Oloyede, the Registrar of the Joint Admissions and Matriculation Board, says 1.7 million candidates are expected to sit for the 2017 Unified Tertiary Matriculation Examination (UTME).
Oloyede made the disclosure while fielding questions from journalists at the Information and Communication Technology Retreat organised for stakeholders on Tuesday in Abeokuta, Ogun.
The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that the retreat was attended by civil society groups, students and other stakeholders in the education sector.
The registrar said the board was also planning to increase its Computer Based Testing (CBT) Centres in order to make the examination exercise seamless.
“We are expecting 1.7 million candidates to sit for JAMB this year and we want to make sure we satisfy them within a week or thereabout,’’ he said.
NAN reports that 1,561,443 candidates sat for the UTME in 2016.
Oloyede said although he could not guarantee a hitch-free examination, the innovations being put in place “will send some illegal operators, who are defrauding candidates in the past, out of business.’’
He said the board would not be deterred in its mission to serve its candidates better this year.
“Frankly, I cannot promise a hitch-free examination because we are testing certain things.
“We are changing certain things; we want to question the statuesquo and we expect a fight back by interests that will be trampled upon,’’ the registrar said.
He explained that the board would be as sincere as possible.
“We are going to be as flexible as humanly possible; we are not promising hitch free examination,’’ he said.
Oloyede also said that JAMB would soon begin the sale of forms for the 2017 UTME, adding that the board was also working on the possibility of conducting a mock examination.