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JAMB commences nationwide conduct of 2023 UTME exam for over 1.6m registered candidates

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The Joint Admission and Matriculation Board (JAMB) has commenced the conduct of the 2023 Unified Tertiary Matriculation Examination (UTME) for over 1.6 million candidates who registered for the examination across the nation. The examination which started on April 22, 2023, was conducted in various accredited centres nationwide.

According to reports, some of the candidates were already seated in the examination centres as early as 8am, eagerly waiting for the examination to commence. A visit to the Global Distance Learning Institute in Abuja showed that the candidates were in high spirits and ready to take the examination.

However, the commencement of the examination was shifted from 8am to 8:30am, as the invigilators were waiting for directives from JAMB to ensure that the timing was in tandem with other centres. The delay was not as a result of technical hitches, but to wait for instructions from JAMB.

One of the Monitors, Abdulrahaman Balogun, who visited various centres such as Jikwoyi, Karu, and Distance Learning Institute, reported that the exercise was a success story with close to 99 per cent success in orderliness and arrangements.

At the Distance Learning Institute, the first session of the examination, which was supposed to have 200 candidates, had 183 candidates accredited, 16 absentees, and one unverified. The second batch was already waiting and everything was perfect.

It should be noted that the UTME examination is a prerequisite for admission into tertiary institutions in Nigeria, and candidates are expected to score a minimum of 160 to be considered for admission into universities. The examination will continue to be conducted over the next few days until all registered candidates have completed the test

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