ENUGU, Nigeria (VOICE OF NAIJA) – The Joint Admissions and Matriculation Board (JAMB) has shifted the 2023 Universal Tertiary Matriculation Examinations (UTME) mock examination scheduled for Thursday, 16 March, to Thursday, 30 March.
Its spokesperson, Fabian Benjamin, told journalists in Abuja on Monday that the shift became necessary because of the postponement of governorship elections from March 11 to March 18.
“Candidates who registered early and indicated their willingness to take the Mock-UTME would be notified as to when to print their Mock-UTME notification slips, which would contain their centres and other details,” Mr. Benjamin said.
He explained that the examination was to prepare students and the board’s partners for the exercise between 29 April and 12 May.
“The board also uses this opportunity to announce that the 2023 UTME will witness some ground-breaking innovations to address observed infractions and centre failures.
“For instance, in the new regime, if there is a delay of up to one hour before the commencement of a particular session, that session stands cancelled and would be rescheduled along with the candidates,” he said.
Mr. Benjamin added that no examination would be started one hour after the scheduled commencement time as the session would be prepared for any vacant or available slot.
“In addition, no candidate would be allowed to spend less than one hour before submission of responses during the UTME.
“Similarly, the new regime would make it impossible for candidates to log in after one hour of activation of the examination.
“If for any reason an examination session is cancelled or cannot hold, candidates are not to panic as they will simply be scheduled for the next available session, which could be that same day,” he said.
Mr. Benjamin called on candidates who might experience delays logging into the system to quietly leave the hall and move to the “Holding Area’’ to await further instructions.
He also urged candidates not to leave the examination centre until they had been notified of the day and time of their rescheduled examination.