2018 UTME: Hundreds of candidates who registered for the 2018 Unified Tertiary Matriculation Examination took to the streets in Lagos yesterday, in protest against the Joint Administration and Matriculation Board’s decision to hold this year’s exam in March.
The protesting candidates who were led by the National President of the Association of Tutorial School Operators, Mr. Dotun Sodunke were seen carrying placards, which bore various inscriptions.
Addressing journalists during the protest, Sodunke warned that Nigerians might witness mass failure; if JAMB went on to hold the examination as scheduled arguing that the board’s decision to fix the date of the examination for March was not in the best interest of the candidates but of the board.
“JAMB is sure that if you conduct the exam early, many candidates would fail, and they would come back to register again next year. This is so because their children don’t school here.” He said.
The protesters were seen carrying placards with various inscriptions like; “Admissions are yet to close, why conducting another UTME now?”; “JAMB isn’t for revenue generation, stop milking our parents,” “2017 UTME held in May, why March in 2018?”, “2018 admissions not transparent”.
Speaking on the protest, the JAMB spokesman, Dr. Fabian Benjamin, said that there was no basis for postponement of the exam; stating that candidates are not the ones protesting against the UTME date but tutorial centres operators.
According to him, the tutorial centre operators are doing this because they want to keep the candidates at their centres till May so that they can get more money from them.
He mentioned that the Government wants all academic calendar to begin by August and that is why all admissions will be concluded by August this year which explains why the UTME date has to be fixed in March.
The 2018 UTME examination is scheduled to begin from March 9, 2018.