• Blind candidates exempted from CBT
The Registrar of the Joint Admission and Matriculation Board (JAMB) Prof. Ishaq Oloyede yesterday disclosed that the 2017-2018 Unified Tertiary Matriculation Examinations (UTME) admission into the country’s tertiary institutions would hold between May 6 and 28.
Oloyede, who disclosed that blind candidates would be exempted from the Computer-Based Tests (CBT) due to inadequate training, added that experts would assess them and score them as appropriate.
Oloyede told reporters at a stakeholders meeting in Lagos that 600 CBT centres have been accredited across the country for the examination.
The registrar clarified that the one-month registration period was to eliminate all the ills associated with the prolonged exercise.
Oloyede further added that the board had concluded plans to hold a mock examination for interested candidates to test their level of preparedness for the examination.
He said: “It was necessary to change the system of assessing the blind candidates because the system was unfair to them, as they were not trained and do not have the capacity to buy the needed machines.
“It is unfair to give them the machine for a day or two and expect them to write the exams with it. We consulted with their leaders and agreed to change the modality. It is going to cost JAMB more, but it is more equitable.”
According to JAMB, the sale of forms would begin on March 20. Oloyede in a statement said the forms and registration would last till Wednesday April 19 2017 and close on Saturday April 22.
He said the reason was to allow candidates to write Further Mathematics examination conducted by the West African Examinations Council (WAEC).
Candidates are expected to pay N5, 500 for the registration package, which includes registration fees, reading text, syllabus and brochure.