Bayero University, Kano (BUK) Hosts UTME for 112 Visually Impaired Candidates

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Bayero University, Kano on Sunday, 22nd March, 2020 hosted Unified Tertiary Matriculation Examination (UTME) for 112 candidates from North West, North East and some parts of North Central states of the country.

The Vice Chancellor, Professor Muhammad Yahuza Bello, who inspected the conduct of the examination, said JAMB had provided free accommodation and feeding for the candidates and said that “we are grateful for the generosity of the JAMB Registrar, Professor Ishaq Oloyede for this initiative.”

The Vice Chancellor disclosed that the candidates were accommodated in comfort and the University provided adequate transportation and round meals for them and their guides in order to have smooth stay before, during and after the examination.

He added that the candidates could use special Braille machines to answer the questions or use type writers, noting that “we also provided them with those to assist them to answer the questions.”

On the issue of Covid-19, the Vice Chancellor explained that Bayero University has taken stringent measures to protect the candidates and all other stakeholders against the pandemic by providing soap and hand was sanitizers in public places.

The examination took place at Bayero University’s School of Continuing Education (SCE) Campus.

The examinations concluded on Sunday met the deadline set up by the Federal Government for nationwide shut down of all schools by Monday, 23rd March, 2020.

Apart from some regular candidates who were rescheduled to sit the examination in Bayelsa State on Sunday, a total of 354 blind candidates took part across 12 centres, which are located in Lagos, Ondo, Ekiti, Oyo, Kano, Enugu, and the Federal Capital Territory, Abuja.

The blind candidates had earlier been scheduled to sit their examination between Monday, March 23 and Tuesday, 24, according to Peter Okebukola, the chairman of JAMB’s equal opportunity group – a group of professionals saddled with the responsibility of conducting the examination for blind and other disadvantaged candidates.

“The decision to reschedule the examination was in compliance with the minister’s directive that all schools should be shut from Monday. We had to bring the exam forward to this weekend, and we are happy that there was no hitch,” Mr Okebukola said.

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