The Registrar of the Joint Admissions and Matriculation Board (JAMB), Prof. Ishaq Oloyede, has said that the 2019 general election would not affect the board’s 2019/2020 examination.
He made this remark while fielding questions from journalists shortly after delivering the 2018 Annual Sobo Sowemimo Lecture at the Abeokuta Club in the Ogun State capital.
Oloyede said that since the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) had given the dates for the elections, the board would only need to adjust accordingly.
“I don’t think there will be any need for a shift in the examination date because of the 2019 general elections. I believe INEC has done well by giving us a prior notice six months ago.
“They have given us the date of the elections. So we have no excuse not to have adjusted. We have adjusted appropriately,” he said.
The Registrar decried the rate at which candidates, who were not qualified to write UTME, applied for it, thereby causing what he described as “unnecessary luggage” on the board.
He said that the examination body would adopt stiffer measures to stop unqualified candidates from applying and writing the examination for the 2019/2020 admission exercise.
The JAMB registrar said the body would begin the 2019/2020 examination process by October, promising that the procedure for the next examination would be better than the last one.
“We are on with the 2018/2019 admission exercise. This, we started just about a month ago. We believe that by the end of October, we would then begin the 2019/2020 admission.
“I can assure you that we are fine-tuning and learning from our mistakes last year. We are perfecting the processes and procedures, ensuring that no one is allowed to have undue advantage over the others,” he said.