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
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.