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176,000 candidates write 2023 mock UTME , as some experience hitches

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A total of 176,000 candidates have written the 2023 mock Unified Tertiary Matriculation Examination, UTME, which was conducted by the Joint Admissions and Matriculation Board, JAMB across the country,

The examination was conducted in 725 centres , some candidates experienced hitches in a few centres as they were unable to write the examination due to technical issue.

In a statement signed by its Head of Public Affairs and Protocols, Dr Fabian Benjamin, said that the candidates unable to write the mock UTME will be rescheduled to sit the examination at a date to be announced later at no cost to them.

According to the statement, the board would look at all issues thrown up by the mock exercise and act accordingly for a better and enhanced exercise.

He explained that “the introduction of the Mock-UTME by the Joint Admissions and Matriculation Board was aimed at providing the Board with the opportunity to assess innovations that would be used for the main examination as well as allow candidates to have hands-on experiences on the CBT environment.

“The exercise, which was introduced over six years ago, has availed the Board a unique opportunity to trial innovations that have significantly improved on the Board’s ability to deliver world-class assessment exercise.

JAMB had earlier, in a statement, disclosed that it would be introducing some new measures that had never been used before and would want to use the opportunity of the mock exercise to assess their functionality.

The board tendered an apology
“to all candidates for any inconvenience they might have experienced on account of this,” adding that”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.

It also noted that the exercise also gave it the rare opportunity of fine-tuning this process for better results.

“The Board expresses its appreciation to the candidates and their parents for their understanding and pledges to ensure that the system for which their sacrifice is made is perfected.

“The gains from the exercise cannot be quantified as the Board has taken note of the challenges thrown up and had, consequently, been better placed to deliver a seamless UTME exercise come April, 2023 in line with its projections.

“The Board will continue to appeal to candidates and the general public for their understanding as it would not relent in its efforts to devise new and better ways of enhancing the quality of large-scale assessments in Nigeria,” the statement said

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