The Joint Admissions and Matriculation Board (JAMB) has announced that all candidates who could not sit the 2023 UTME within their scheduled time owing to no fault of theirs, would be rescheduled to take the examination on Saturday, May 6, 2023.
Candidates under this category are those who were verified at their centres but could not sit the examination, those who could not be biometrically verified, and those with mismatched data. The board scheduled the conduct of the 2023 UTME from Tuesday, April 25 to Tuesday, May 2, 2023.
The board had also informed Nigerians that it would be using some novel innovative methods in conducting the exercise with the aim of completely arresting incidences of examination infractions.
In a statement on Monday by its spokesperson, Fabian Benjamin, the board explained that the initiative has been largely achieved as the exercise recorded the lowest reported cases of infractions but with equally emerging challenges on account of human negligence which led to some candidates not being able to sit the examination on the first day.
“This, notwithstanding, out of the 1,586,765 candidates that indicated interest in sitting the examination, only 80,166 are now outstanding”, the statement read.
“On the first day of the 2023 UTME, a number of candidates in some centres could not sit the examination as well as in some centres in subsequent days due to diverse reasons. Though a reasonable number of them have been rescheduled and have taken the examination, some are yet to take their examination.
“As part of the decisions reached at the end of an emergency management meeting held on Sunday, April 30, 2023, the board has fixed Saturday, May 6, 2023, for all categories of candidates who have not sat their examination to take their examination.”
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Also to take the examination along with the unverified candidates on Saturday, May 6, 2023, are those candidates, who had been rescheduled to retake their examination on Thursday, April 27, 2023, but who received their notification late on Thursday night and so missed their examination.
Some of these candidates could not receive the notification because their school held on to their channels of receiving messages such as their SIM cards, their e-mail addresses and profile codes.
The board, therefore, directed all affected candidates to print their slips on or before May 4th, 2023, so as to know the time and venue of their examination.
“Candidates are to note that they would be grouped in a central location within their respective states to sit the examination hence the need for them to print their notification slips latest by Thursday, 4th May, 2023, so as to make sufficient arrangements to sit the examination”, the board said.