Polls postponement: JAMB to reschedule mock exams, says UTME dates may change

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The Joint Admissions and Matriculation Board (JAMB) has postponed the mock examination of the Unified Tertiary Matriculation Examination (UTME).

The mock UTME, which was earlier scheduled to start from Saturday, February 23, clashed with new date of the Presidential and National Assembly elections.

Information from the board also revealed that 2019 UTME may be rescheduled if the country’s elections linger until the earlier fixed dates of Saturday, March 16, to Saturday, March 23.

It will be recalled that the new timetable released by the Independent National Electoral Commission, indicate that the Governorship and state Houses of Assembly elections slated for March 2 have been rescheduled to March 9.

The JAMB Head of Information, Dr Fabian Benjamin, noted that board would announce new dates for the UTME if the elections did not conclude by March 9.

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He, however, said the new date for the mock examination would be announced by the management shortly.

According to him, “The elections have been shifted and we are also watching other government programmes. If for any reason they affect our timetable, we will not be averse to shifting. But as it is now, our date stands.

“If they do elections and there is a need to do a run-off and it enters another week, of course, it will affect our programmes, then we will adjust appropriately.

“Our mock examination was supposed to start this weekend. Now that INEC has shifted the presidential elections to this weekend, certainly mock examination will not take place that day.

“A new date for the mock examination will soon be announced to candidates. But for the examination, the date earlier scheduled stands. No date has been picked for the mock. We are still looking at other things.”

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