2019 UTME: Two JAMB officials attacked in Lagos as 157,000 candidates sit for mock examination

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The Joint Admissions and Matriculation Board has disqualified 14 computer based test (CBT) centres out of the earlier accredited 712 penciled to be utilised for the 2019 Unified Tertiary Matriculation Examination

JAMB Registrar, Professor Is-haq Oloyede who disclosed this during the JAMB mock exam monitoring said the centres were discredited for various offenses bordering on deceit.

“The infractions are technical and some deceit, whereby some of them will go and borrow some computers and thinking we will not know. Now we have about 698 centres left in the operation.”

According to Oloyede over 157,000 interested candidates sat for the Mock examination to test their computer literacy skills before the actual UTME.

He said the mock exam was to further strengthen its systems and facilities, technically, ahead of the exam date scheduled for the 11th of April.

Meanwhile Prof. Oloyede also disclosed that two JAMB officials escaped death in Lagos while monitoring the mock examination.

Condemning what he termed a ‘brutal attack’, the registrar said his staff members were attacked for trying to interfere with activities of some criminally-minded private CBT Owners.

“Two our staff were almost murdered in Lagos, there was an attempt on their lives at LASPOLY, somewhere before Lagos State Polytechnic,” the JAMB Registrar said.

‘‘They were wet with petrol and nearly set ablaze, immediately we sent rescue team there and they were taken to the hospital and we have evacuated other Jamb staff away from that area”.

On his assessment of the mock exams conduct, Prof. Oloyede said the JAMB mock examination was good and all the centres performed as well as was expected.

About 1.8 million candidates are expected to sit for the 2019 Unified Tertiary Matriculation Examination across the country while a total of 698 CBT centres will be used for the exams.

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