The Joint Admissions and Matriculation Board (JAMB) has described its supplementary Unified Tertiary Matriculation Examination (UTME) held across 170 centres nationwide as satisfactory.
The board’s Head of Media and Information, Dr Fabian Benjamin, made the remark in an interview with the News agency of Nigeria (NAN) in Lagos on Saturday.
The board’s Registrar, Prof. Is-haq Oloyede, had after the conduct of the main examination that held between May 10 and May 20 announced the cancellation of 59,698 results of the 1.7 million candidates.
examination that held between May 10 and May 20 announced the cancellation of 59,698 results of the 1.7 million candidates.
He hinged the cancellation on what he had described as ‘organised malpractice.’
Oloyede also announced the blacklisting of 48 Computer Based Test Centres (CBTs) over their involvement in extortion and organised examination malpractice during the same examination.
He, however, noted that the board had fixed July 1 for supplementary examination for candidates who had registered late for this year’s UTME.
According to Benjamin, however, no fewer than 85,000 candidates participated in the supplementary examination.
“I must say we are happy with the conduct of the rescheduled examination. In fact the conduct of the examination in all the centres was satisfactory.
“We did not anticipate any challenges and I must say it was well monitored going by the fact that the number of candidates that participated was just a fraction of the number that had sat for the examination earlier in May.
“Having said this,however, we do not envisage coming across issues that led to the cancelation of results of some candidates after the main examination.
“But in an event where we come across any, we will not hesitate to cancel such results again.
“We have just concluded the examination and we are hopeful that within the next 24 hours, candidates will start receiving their results,’’ he said.
NAN reports that no fewer than five centres were used in the conduct of the examination in Lagos. (NAN)