The Joint Admission and Matriculation Board (JAMB) has postponed the printing of the 2019/20 Unified Tertiary Matriculation Examination (UTME) slips to Thursday, April 4.
Dr Fabian Benjamin, the head of the board’s Public Relation department, made this known during an interview with newsmen in Abuja on Tuesday.
The printing of the examination slips was initially slated for the 2nd of April 2019.
But Benjamin said the shift in date came after 14 Computer-Based Tests (CBT) centres were on Monday, suspended due to infractions during the board’s conduct of Mock UTME, including an incident where JAMB staff were attacked at one of its centres.
“The suspension has caused some distortion in the initial arrangement and the board will have to relocate candidates who were scheduled to write in the affected centres to other suitable centres.
“We all know that one of the essences of the mock exercise was to check the level of preparedness of not only candidates but also centres that keep to the rules and regulations of the board.
“It is to check on centres that are desperate to cheat and to make sure that they do not achieve their aim.
“Immediately after the exercise yesterday, we went into a meeting and examined the conduct of the exercise, identified the structural problems and made adjustments immediately.
“We want to ensure no centre fails during the conduct of the exercise.
“So we need today and tomorrow to redistribute the candidates affected by these suspended centres who had planned to extort them, defraud and frustrate the system, to centres that are more suitable, then printing can begin Thursday. ”
Benjamin added that the Board was doing all in its power to provide a safe, suitable and conducive examination centres for candidates during the examination exercise.
The spokesperson, however, apologised to the candidates for any inconveniences the shift in date might have caused them.
He also, assured that the board would leave no stone unturned to ensure an hitch-free exercise.