The Joint Admissions and Matriculation Board (JAMB) has said that it will meet with heads of other public examination bodies on Tuesday, January 17, to decide examination schedules in order to avoid infringement on its examinations (UTME) in 2017.
This disclosure was made by the Head, Media and Information of the board, Dr. Fabian Benjamin, in a statement made available to the News Agency of Nigeria on Sunday in Lagos.
Benjamin explained that the board was determined to address “myriad of challenges confronting public examinations in the country.”
He said “the board had yet to roll out its applications for the 2017 UTME because it was working to improve on the conduct of its examination.”
“You cannot do things the same way and expect a different result. This year, we shall improve on a lot of things to get better results.
“However, we are mindful of the fact that there will be challenges of accepting new directions of doing things by candidates.
“There will be improvement in our new payment platform, process of change of name; change of course; change of institution and others.
“This also applies to other difficulties that may arise in our attempt to improve on the entire process, which we have resolved to tackle.
“To make this feasible, the board had started working with other examination bodies to achieve a holistic result for the Nigerian child desirous of sound education.’’
He stated that in view of the above, the board had slated a meeting with the Head of the National Office of WAEC and the registrars of NECO and NABTEB for Tuesday (tomorrow).
The meeting is expected to come out with a suitable timetable that will not infringe on other examinations.
According to him, the meeting is part of the final preparations to begin the sale of the 2017 Unified Tertiary Matriculation Examination application forms.
Benjamin stated that the board did not want candidates to be stranded during examination on account of clashes in dates of their various external examinations.
He said during the meeting, there would be a harmonisation of calendar of sister examination bodies.
“We appeal to Nigerians to support our drive to ensure that the board’s matriculation examination meets international best practices,” Benjamin stated.