The Registrar of the Joint Admissions and Matriculation Board (Jamb),
Prof. Is-haq Oloyede, on Wednesday said the board may reduce the
timeline for the Unified Tertiary Matriculation Examinations (UTME) from
three hours to two hours.
He also said that question papers will be uploaded five minutes to
the examinations in order to check malpractice and questions leakage.
He made this known during the Strategic Planning retreat on Supervision and Evaluation of 2017 UTME examinations.
He said: “As for the 2017 UTME, it is likely we reduce the duration of
the examinations. We are looking at two hours for the examinations
instead of the present three-hour timeline. This is in line with
international best practices.
“As for the candidates, for their age, the maximum time they can sit for
examinations is two hours. Even in terms of international standard, for
primary school pupils, the maximum time for examinations is between 45
minutes and one hour.”
He said JAMB has embraced new technology which will make the UTME
comfortable to write by students in privileged environment and those in
He equally confirmed that about 300,000 candidates might sit for the
mock UTME examinations on April 8 which will be used to test run its new
technology to make its examinations easier for students
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