JAMB 2017 – The Registrar of the Board of Joint and Matriculation (JAMB), Prof. Ishaq Oloyede, explained on Wednesday that the exam referee decided to cut one hour off of the three hours that last candidates for the Unified Tertiary Matriculation Examination ( UTME).
He explained that it had been demonstrated that the demographic population destined to the UTME had a short attention span and that, therefore, maintaining them for more than two hours would make them lose their mental presence.
According to him, the reduction of hours was also in line with the best international standards and practices where no candidate stayed in a test like UTME for more than two hours.
Oloyede expressed this in Kaduna during the opening ceremony of a strategic planning retreat on the monitoring, monitoring and evaluation of UTME 2017 with the theme “Inclusion and awareness of key external actors”.
He said: “We are going to reduce the duration of the UTME test this year because we can not keep children of this age for three hours.
“Therefore, we are considering the reduction in the time they spend, because once it is more than two hours, they can not be expected to retain their presence of mind.”
In addition, it revealed that a total of 240,000 candidates had so far registered for the examination scheduled for May 20, just one week after the start of the sale of forms that is expected to end on April 22.
Oloyede added that of the 13 commercial banks and the Nigerian Postal Service that had expressed interest in the sales of the admission forms, only nine had paid the number of application documents that they required in the first instance.