In Abuja on Sunday, the Head of Public Affairs and Protocol at the Joint Admissions and Matriculation Board (JAMB), Dr Fabian Benjamin, released a statement announcing a new date for the start of the 2023 Unified Tertiary Matriculation Examinations (UTME).
The UTME was previously set to begin on April 29 but will now commence on April 25, 2023.
Additionally, Benjamin revealed that the board will conduct a rescheduled mock-UTME on April 18, 2023.
JAMB had conducted its Mock-UTME for the 2023 exam on March 30 in 725 centers nationwide. However, some technical issues emerged in a few centers, which prevented some candidates from taking the test. The purpose of the mock exam was to evaluate the board’s and its partners’ preparedness for the UTME and provide potential candidates with a hands-on experience of the CBT test environment.
To enable candidates who were unable to sit for the mock exam due to no fault of theirs, the board has rescheduled the exam for April 18. Candidates who were present and screened for the test but could not take it have been rescheduled to retake the mock examination on April 18.
Dr. Fabian Benjamin confirmed that the results of the mock examination held on March 30 have been released. He also disclosed that JAMB has rescheduled the 2023 UTME to begin on April 25 instead of the earlier date of April 29. The change in date was necessary to accommodate other significant national assignments and ensure that citizens are not deprived of their civic duties.
However, Benjamin emphasized that JAMB cannot move the exam further as other public examinations are slated to begin in early May 2023.
Dr. Fabian Benjamin explained that another consideration for rescheduling the UTME was to enable institutions with a stable academic calendar to resume their activities as planned. He added that JAMB would continue to collaborate with relevant government agencies to provide the best possible experience for candidates.
In conclusion, he appealed for everyone’s understanding as the board carries out its crucial mandate.