The exams body also postponed the 2017 UMTE from May 13 to May 20, attributing the postponement of the mock to the failure from its technical partners. Oluwashina
The Registrar of the Board, Is- haq Oloyede, consequently, apologised to candidates for the sudden changes, saying, “we could not go on with the mock examination and hereby announce extension of the registration exercise of the 2017 UTME.
This is because the appropriate rehearsal and test- running of the new system has been substantially achieved. The plan was to trial-test the readiness of our facilities and address the challenges that may likely confront the main examination.
“At this moment, we have realised
that the plan to hold this mock examination was good for us. We are now in a better position to achieve better than we would have done without this trial testing.
This is why the exercise is at no cost to the candidates. “It is our strong conviction that this exercise is an experience for us.
Our systems analysis has revealed interesting findings that will engender a seamless and successful 2017 UTME exercise.” Oluwashina
These may not have gone down well with some sections of the society as they called for the scrapping of the board or that its functions should be modified drastically.
According to reports, “a key problem behind JAMB’s failure is the unnecessary centralisation of the admission process, which puts much more pressure on the board than it could cope with.
Ever since it was created in 1978 and subsequently, given sweeping powers by Decree No. 33 of 1989 to conduct the matriculation exams and also process the admission of students into the tertiary institutions, it has been struggling to cope with this mandate. It is now time to devolve many of those functions to the respective institutions or scrap it altogether.
Some other analysts have asked the Registrar of the Board, Professor Ishaq Oloyede to voluntarily resign his position for the lopsided nature of the ongoing JAMB registration.