Latest: JAMB Re-assures Candidates of a Resolved Exam Time-table With WAEC
The Joint Admissions and Matriculation Board (JAMB) yesterday assured candidates sitting for the 2019 Unified Tertiary Matriculation Examination (UTME) that they would not be denied the opportunity of sitting for the examination.
Dr. Fabian Benjamin, Head of Public Relations, JAMB, gave the assurance in an interview with the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) in Lagos, amid fears of a clash in the timetable of West African Senior School Certificate Examination (WASSCE) and UTME.
According to the timetable, WAEC students who are expected to write Animal Husbandry on April 11 by 9:00 a.m. are also expected to sit for the UTME the same day.
“We (JAMB) have met with the WAEC management and WAEC has just given us an assurance that there is no clash; that people don’t just understand the modus operandi of the timetable especially as it affects the practicals.”
“The WAEC Practicals are in sections. There is no clash at all and that allegation of a clash in the timetable is unfounded and baseless.
“WAEC has given us an assurance that it has accommodated all the fears of candidates. That the practical subjects are scheduled in sections in such a way that there would not be any clash at all.
“This is as a result of the meeting between the Head of the National Office of WAEC, Mr. Isaac Adenipekun and JAMB Registrar, Ishaq Oloyede.
“JAMB examination takes just about two hours but what WAEC is saying is that candidates should go and be preparing for their examinations,’’ he said.
Benjamin also stated that JAMB was ready for the examination and “everything is in motion’’ to make it a success.
Earlier: No Clash Between 2019 UTME and WAEC Timetables – JAMB Registrar
The Joint Admission and Matriculation Board (JAMB) says there is no clash between its timetable and that of the West African Examination Council (WAEC) as being widely speculated and criticised.
The JAMB Registrar, Is’haq Oloyede, said at an interactive session with Editors in Lagos on Tuesday, that there was no basis for such speculation because the organisation was holding annual meetings with the examination bodies to reconcile areas of interest.
“We meet annually with WAEC, NECO and others to reconcile because we have the same target of education development,’’ he said.
He said those attacking him and the system out of ignorance would not succeed in distracting him from pursuing the target of ensuring national development through sound education for Nigerians.
Earlier: JAMB and WAEC Exam Dates Clashes, Hundreds of Candidates Affected
The Senior School Certificate Examination (SSCE) conducted by WAEC commenced with practical exercises yesterday, Monday, April 8, amid worries of the clash in dates with the Unified Tertiary Matriculation Examination (UTME) conducted by the Joint Admission and Matriculation Board (JAMB), which is scheduled to commence on Thursday, April 11.
The UTME is billed to take place within a week, between April 11 and 17, while the SSCE is scheduled to span two months. However, candidates who are to take subjects like Plumbing and Pipe Fitting, Animal Husbandry, Printing Craft Practice, Auto Mechanical Work, Health Education, Foods and Nutrition, Arabic and French, among others, may not be able to sit the UTME because the dates for these exams fall between April 11 and 17, when the UTME examination will hold.
New information has emerged, stating that JAMB, in a bid to avoid these clashes had initiated the inter-examination-bodies’ meeting to compare notes among the leadership of all the examination bodies comprising of WAEC, NECO and NABTEB.
However, reports say that the head of Nigeria’s Office of WAEC, Isaac Adenipekun, did not attend the meetings but sent in representatives who could not make critical decisions.
The head of Public Affairs Unit of WAEC, Demianus Ojijeogu, when asked about the clash in the dates said that the clash was not unusual, stating how the exam is a school-based examination and not private-candidate examination like its November/December option.
He said; “No one can blame WAEC for the clash because we cannot singlehandedly change timetable in Nigeria. WAEC is a regional examination and requires the input of all the five-member states,”
“And I won’t also agree that we are not in talk with JAMB to resolve this. I want to believe talks are on but until it is concluded, we cannot say anything.”
The Head of Media and Public Relations of JAMB, Fabian Benjamin, said JAMB tried to carry everyone along to ensure that the candidates are not affected negatively in any way.
For now, it is still unclear if and when the two bodies will offer a solution to the problem. Affected candidates have complained bitterly about the clashes, and have asked the two bodies to reach an understanding for the sake of their future.