Authority of the Joint Admissions and Matriculation Board (JAMB) on Wednesday in Abuja ordered a rewrite of the 2017 Unified Tertiary Matriculation Examination (UTME) for at least 62,140.
According to Prof. Ishaq Oloyede, Registrar JAMB, the rewrite was occasioned by the delisting of some Computer-Based Centres (CBT) from the board examination as a result of technical deficiencies, extortion, organised examination malpractice and other infractions.
As the rescheduled examination will hold on July 1, 2017, the board in addition also suspended 24 centres for one year due to technical issues, saying that the affected centres may be considered for the 2019 exams.
Oloyede, who enumerated these measures at a press briefing at the end of the board’s management meeting, explained that the 62,140 cancelled results include; 57,646 candidates in centres-induced malpractice, 3,811 late registration and 683 candidates who had biometric challenges, saying that also cancelled were the results of 2,052 individual candidates found culpable of examination malpractice.
At the end of the meeting, JAMB announced approval of the board to delist 48 centres from participating in the board’s examination in future as a result of serious technical deficiencies, extortion, organised examination malpractice and other damaging infractions.”
“The rescheduling of examination is for: biometric non verification machine related issues, technical and log out issues, late registration, malfunctioning of servers at the centre and incomplete results,” he said.
According to the board a total of 1,722,236 candidates registered for the 2017 UTME test.