32,000 candidates sit for Unilag’s post-UTME

Over 32,000 candidates will write the 2015 post-Unified Tertiary Ma­triculation Examination (UTME) into the Univer­sity of Lagos (Unilag), ac­cording to the institution’s Deputy Registrar (Infor­mation), Mr. Olagoke Oke.

The examination is scheduled to hold from Au­guest 12 to 14.

Oke told the News Agen­cy of Nigeria (NAN) on Saturday that the figure was close to four times the 9,000 that was initially posted to the institution by the Joint Admissions and Matricula­tion Board (JAMB).

NAN reports that JAMB in collaboration with some public universities had agreed to raise the bar of the cut-off marks of their institutions from 200 to 250 for the various courses.

The development had generated an outrage among candidates, their parents and other stake­holders, who called on the Federal Government to in­tervene.

The decision was later reversed after consultations between the Prof. Dibu Ojerinde-led JAMB and the Federal Government.

“I want to say that all logistics towards a smooth conduct of this examination are fully in place. We have always been ready for situ­ations like this, and have always got it right. Before now, we were hoping to put logistics in place for the initial 9,000 candidates, but with the reversal of the decision, we now have to re-adjust and I want to say that we are fully prepared. All our computers and its accessories, the backups, alternative power supply as well as adequate personnel that will conduct the exami­nation are all ready,’’ Oke said.

The deputy registrar said the university was com­pelled to extend the exer­cise to three days because of the large number of can­didates seeking admission into the institution.

He however, advised candidates to arrive early at the examination centres for a hitch-free exercise.

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