The Joint Admissions and Matriculations Board (JAMB), on Thursday, conducted the 2023 Mock-Unified Tertiary Matriculation Examination (UTME) in 725 centres across the country.
This was disclosed via a statement issued on Thursday by the Head, Public Affairs and Protocol of JAMB, Dr Fabian Benjamin.
Benjamin stated that the exercise witnessed some hitches in a few centres with some candidates unable to sit for the examination.
He said the affected candidates would be rescheduled to sit for the examination at a date to be announced later at no cost to them.
“The board will look at all issues thrown up by the mock exercise and act accordingly for a better and enhanced exercise.
“The introduction of the Mock-UTME by the board was aimed at providing the board with the opportunity to assess innovations that will be used for the main examination as well as allow candidates to have hands-on experiences in the CBT environment.
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“The exercise, which was introduced over six years ago, has availed the board of a unique opportunity to trial innovations that have significantly improved on its ability to deliver world-class assessment exercise,” the JAMB spokesperson noted.
It would be recalled that before the conduct of the 2023 exercise, the board had, in a statement, disclosed that it would be introducing some new measures that had never been used before as opportunity to assess their functionality.
“The board will want to use this opportunity to apologise to all candidates for any inconvenience they may have experienced on account of this.
“This is part of a development process aimed at enhancing the board’s efforts at improving the quality, security, and sanctity of its services and as well as using same to herald the next phase of its transformational agenda.
“The exercise also gave the board the rare opportunity of fine-tuning this process for better results,” he added.
Benjamin, however, thanked the candidates and their parents for their understanding, saying JAMB would ensure that the system for which their sacrifice is made is perfected.
The JAMB spokesman added that the board had taken note of the challenges thrown up and had consequently been better placed to deliver a seamless UTME exercise in April 2023.