The Joint Admissions and Matriculation Board (JAMB) yesterday assured candidates sitting for the 2019 Unified Tertiary Matriculation Examination (UTME) that they would not be denied the opportunity of sitting for the examination.
Dr Fabian Benjamin, Head of Public Relations, JAMB, gave the assurance in an interview with the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) in Lagos, amid fears of a clash in the timetable of West African Senior School Certificate Examination (WASSCE) and UTME.
According to the timetable, WAEC students who are expected to write Animal Husbandry on April 11 by 9:00 a.m. are also expected to sit for the UTME the same day.
“We (JAMB) have met with the WAEC management and WAEC has just given us an assurance that there is no clash; that people don’t just understand the modus operandi of the timetable especially as it affects the practicals.”
“The WAEC Practicals are in sections. There is no clash at all and that allegation of a clash in timetable is unfounded and baseless.
“WAEC has given us an assurance that it has accommodated all the fears of candidates. That the practical subjects are scheduled in sections in such a way that there would not be any clash at all.
“This is as a result of the meeting between the Head of the National Office of WAEC, Mr Isaac Adenipekun and JAMB Registrar, Ishaq Oloyede.
“JAMB examination takes just about two hours but what WAEC is saying is that candidates should go and be preparing for their examinations,’’ he said.
Benjamin also stated that JAMB was ready for the examination and “everything is in motion’’ to make it a success.
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