(Last Updated On: February 15, 2017)

James, Michael Igiri


The Joint Admission and Matriculation Board (JAMB), has said it is making efforts to make

sure that this year’s examination does not last for more than one week.

The Registrar of the examining body, Prof. Ishaq Oloyede, during a stakeholders retreat at

the Olusegun Obasonjo Presidential Library, Abeokuta- which included students, civil society

groups, top government officials and other stakeholders- announced that it will do, it’s best

to accommodate the projected 1.7 million applicants for the this year’s examination within

the shortest period of time.

“We are expecting 1.7 million candidates to sit JAMB this year and we want to make

sure we satisfy these candidates within a week or thereabout.”


Prof Oloyede said that the Board is working on increasing the number of CBT centres

to accommodate more candidates as well as trying to weed out compromised and

fake centres which hitherto were very common.

Usually the exam lasts three to four weeks with some candidates traveling to other

states to write their exams due to insufficient accredited Computer Centres.

The Registrar said that the Board envisaged some issues but was positive that they

would surmount them. He said it was a test-run phase of their new innovations

introduced by JAMB, and that this has necessitated JAMB to invite the concerned

parties to share their ideas and consequently help to forge a formidable and

workable module.

This is not the first time the body is introducing new innovations as it moves to

permanently move from the Paper-Based, to a Computer-Based Examination.