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Coronavirus: Why JAMB will not postpone 2020 UTME — Oloyede

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The Joint Admissions and Matriculation Board has stated that it will not shift the ongoing Unified Tertiary Matriculation Examination (UTME) even as many academic activities and functions are being short down over the Coronavirus pandemic.

According to JAMB Registrar, Prof. Ishaq Oloyede, measures have been put in place with the assistance of CBT centres for facilities in terms of screening to prevent infection of Coronavirus.

Oloyede said, “It had been very helpful to put those measures in place and I appreciate the CBT centres. I went to a CBT centre on Wednesday and I could see that even as good as our own precautionary measures were, the school proprietress provided better facilities in terms of screening and the layout was very impressive.

“I understand that many of the CBT centres made separate provisions against the coronavirus. You can trust Nigerians that when it comes to protecting our lives, we don’t joke with that.

Also responding to why JAMB continue with the examination and not limit gathering and shutting down schools as prescribed by the government, the JAMB boss said there are no crowds at the CBT centres.

“This is because although when we started, we were getting 250 persons per session at a centre. But by Thursday, that had been reduced. By now, we have done for over 1.3 million candidates of the 1.9 million candidates who registered.

“This is apart from the fact that so far so good, we have also made provisions to ensure that candidates are not unnecessarily crowded in a place.”

Oloyede, a former Vice Chancellor of University of Ilorin, added that the board had almost concluded the UTME exercise as at Thursday, that what remain is insignificant and could not constitute threat.


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