The Joint Admissions and Matriculation Board, JAMB, has finally agreed to reschedule examination for candidates who missed the Unified Tertiary Matriculation Examination, UTME, due to the relocation of centres by the board.
Following the board’s relocation of 59,000 candidates in 15 states because of problems in some of the centres which cost them the exam, the affected candidates had carried out series of protests in some states of the country against the examination body.
But speaking at a press conference in Abuja yesterday, the Registrar of the board, Prof. Dibu Ojerinde assured that candidates who had system failure during the examination would retake it, if the board finds their complaint to be genuine.
According to him, “We relocated candidates where the board had challenges. The board is looking at some of the issues raised during the examination, but most of the excuses raised by candidates are flimsy.
“We relocated about 59, 000 candidates due to the problems in various centres which vary from town to town. There are about 59,000 of them spread across 15 states of the federation.
“Those that were relocated never suffered any setback or inconvenience. For all these two sets of people, I want to apologise sincerely for what happened to them, but we are going to put on a redress for those whose relocation affected them in missing their examination.”
Stressing that the new development does not affect candidates who missed the examination deliberately or failed in the examination, he said among the 1,546,633 candidates who sat for the 2016 UTME, 145, 704 had issues of multiple results which have been resolved by the board.
Prof. Ojerinde added that 23, 577 candidates were absent on the day of the examination.