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JAMB Registrar Professor Ishaq Oloyede, during
the strategic planning retreat on monitoring and
supervision of 2017 UTME held at Arewa House,
Kaduna delivered a speech concerning the 2017
We have brought you to full transcript of the
On behalf of the Management and staff of the
Joint Admissions and Matriculation Board, I
happily welcome participants to this Strategic
Planning Retreat on the Structure of Supervision
and Evaluation of the Conduct of the 2017
Unified Tertiary Matriculation Examination
When we sent out invitation to you and gave you
a very short notice, we were skeptical on your
finding time out of your tight schedules to
honour our invitation.
However, this large turnout has further confirmed
our identification and choice of you as critical
stakeholders with genuine and undiluted interest
in this Nation’s education sector in general and in
its assessment and evaluation sub-sector in
particular where the Joint Admissions and
Matriculation Board plays a major role. I
therefore thank you and appreciate your
presence here today.
Before I go further, please permit me to pay
tributes to my illustrious predecessors in office.
We pray that the soul of Mr. Michael S. Angulu
continue to enjoy eternal rest. Mr. Angulu as the
first Registrar of the Board laid the foundation on
which his successors have continued to build on.
I salute Dr. Mohammed Abdulrahman, OON for
the strong pillars built on the initial foundation
and for the strong commitment at domesticating
and internalizing various major activities that
were hitherto carried out abroad.
I congratulate Professor Bello A. Salim, OFR for
the various innovations introduced into the
system and for starting online activities,
particularly in the registration process and the
introduction of external monitors in the conduct
of the Board’s examination. I commend
Professor Adedibu Ojerinde, OON for taking the
bull by the horn with the introduction of the
Computer Based Test (CBT) to replace the Paper
and Pencil Test (PPT) in the administration of
the Board’s examination.
I am not unmindful of the acting tenures of Dr.
Saleh Abubakar and Dr. Peter I. Odor for which
they are all commended. There are many retired
Directors of the Board who have been invited to
this Retreat and who have graciously honoured
us with their attendance. I congratulate you all
and others who are not here on your modest
efforts. You have all served your fatherland
meritoriously and the Nation is proud of you.
On my assumption of office as the fifth (5th)
Registrar of the Board, I pledged to revisit and
revamp the original ideals of those who thought
it most appropriate to have a body like this
Board and to pursue with vigour and passion
their original objectives. I therefore salute the
vision of the Vice-Chancellors of the then six (6)
Universities who introduced the idea of synergy
of their mandate in the areas of entrance
examination and admission into the few
universities that the Nation had.
If synergy, peer review, cost saving, elimination
of wastage, collaboration, cooperation and
enhancement of academic excellence were
identified and recorgnised then with only six
Universities, these salient attributes, ideas and
ideals are now more than ever before the basic
of all requirements that are most critical for the
integration and cohesion of the Nation’s Tertiary
Though a lot of water has passed under the
bridge between 1977 and today, the idea of
inclusiveness is still as germane today as it was
many years back. This is why between August
2016 when I assumed duties and this month,
March, 2017, a period of eight months, I have
visited various Universities, Polytechnics and
Colleges of Education, where
I have met with the Management of the various
institutions in order to renew and restrengthen
our relationship and partnership. The
Managements of the Board has also met with
the Committee of Vice-Chancellors, Committee
of Rectors and Committee of Provosts. We have
equally met with the Management of National
Universities Commission (NUC) and National
Youth Service Corps (NYSC). We have taken the
Board’s major events and activities to the
Bayero University, Kano, Baze University, Abuja,
Alvan Ikoku Federal College of Education, Owerri,
University of Lagos, and others.
A few weeks ago in February, 2017, we held a
retreat in Abeokuta, Ogun State where we were
guest of former President Olusegun Obasanjo,
who as Head of State in 1977 promulgated the
enabling law of the this Board and gave birth to
the Joint Admissions and Matriculation Board. At
the retreat, we looked at the processes of
registration and admission, we reviewed them
and we adopted new strategies in tandem with
new thinking and new challenges.
It is therefore in our stride and continuation at
bringing all stakeholders on board our inclusive
train that we have organised this retreat to take
another look at the Board’s supervision and
evaluation of its conduct of the Unified Tertiary
Matriculation Examination (UTME).
The aim of this retreat is to adopt an all-
inclusive mode of examination supervision and
evaluation. Recognising the stakeholding of
major players in the Tertiary Education Sector,
the Board wishes to give operational
responsibilities to the major players in the
administration of the Board’s examination.
It is not enough for Politically Exposed Persons
(PEP) to visit examination centres with sirens
and large entourage of government functionaries
with very little impact to show for their
participation, other than to be under television
camera lights and beamed same to the whole
world but yet, the outcome of the examination is
laced with stories of examination malpractice.
This time around, the major players with requisite
integrity, intelligence and appropriate knowledge
of the assessment would be fully engaged to
actively participate in the supervision of the
As part of our approach to the ideal of
Inclusiveness, we invited all Central Bank of
Nigeria approved commercial banks to
participate in the sale of the 2017 Board’s
Application Documents. Sixteen (16) commercial
banks and NIPOST honoured attended the
interactive session where we explained the
reason and need for all of them to partake in the
After the interactive session, thirteen (13) banks
including NIPOST signified interest to participate
in the sale of the 2017 Application Documents.
Between the date of commencement of sale on
Monday, 20th March and yesterday, Tuesday,
28th March, 2017, the following nine banks have
paid for the number of Application Documents
they require in the first instance.
The banks are:
(i) Zenith Bank
(ii) Union Bank
(iii) Sterling Bank
(iv) Unity Bank
(v) First City Monument Bank
(vi) Fidelity Bank
(vii) First Bank
(viii) Skye Bank
(ix) Jaiz Bank
Still in the spirit of our All-Inclusive approach,
backed by our sincerity of intent and purpose,
honesty, integrity and truthfulness and with the
sole aim and objective of reaching out to all
nooks and crannies both in urban and rural areas,
we had to patronise the NIPOST, a sister agency,
which has the reach out to very remote towns
and villages.
Even when NIPOST could not raise the capital to
purchase the pins for the Application Documents,
we had to open a credit line for NIPOST to also
vend pin and pay later without reducing the
commission that the organisation is entitled to
per sale of document.
No bank needed to know the Registrar or any
Management member or anybody at all before
being patronised. Rather every bank was given
the opportunity to participate. We are actually
for everybody and belong to everyone.
Emerging from the retreat at Abeokuta, the
Board has innovated a contemporary sale of
application method, which has led to the
elimination of scratch cards. The Board has
adopted a cost saving procedure PIN Vending
System. It is a secured system which has
redressed the sharp practices associated with
the use of scratch cards.
We are aware of the teething problems attendant
to the introduction of the new sale format, and
as a responsive body, we have taken steps to
ease the challenges and in a few days, the
results would be a seamless registration exercise
all over the country.
The Joint Admissions and Matriculation Board
has no university of its own. It is our desire that
all concerned should take the UTME as their own
and make it a project. The process and product
of the examinee would end up in our various
tertiary institutions and as such, we should be
mindful of this process.
Whatever level of preparation carried out by us
towards the conduct of the 2017 examination, if
it is not well supervised, it will not produce the
kind of results we expect.
The Board is using this retreat to place a clarion
call to all stakeholders to ensure that all hands
are on deck to make the conduct of public
examination better.
The conduct of the Board’s examination which is
a selection examination is the foundation of the
quality of education in Nigeria. In view of this, I
urge you to see Unified Tertiary Matriculation
Examination and your involvement as a call to
national duty and personal sacrifice.
I therefore urge all stakeholders especially our
tertiary institutions to be actively involved in the
supervision of the Board’s examination which will
at the end benefit all and boost the quality of
candidates that will be admitted into various
No sacrifice in this regards would be too big or
too small to make by you and all Nigerians, as
no amount can be paid to you that is worth your
A large number of candidates who register for
the Board’s examination are those who are also
taking their Senior School Certificate
These candidates sit for the Unified Tertiary
Matriculation Examination usually need in March/
April when they have not completed the syllabus
of the public examinations. This contributes to
some extent to the dismal performance of the
candidates in the Unified Tertiary Matriculation
What we have done this year is to ensure that
the examination is scheduled in such a way that
the candidates would be prepared and ready for
both UTME and SSCE.
To achieve this, we met with other sister
examination bodies and streamlined our
timetables not only to ensure that candidates
are prepared but also to avoid any clash of
examination dates.
From the general feedback on the adoption of
the Computer Based Test mode, we have noted
the challenge of computer low level literacy of
some candidates, especially with the phobia for
the mouse.
This has been responsible partly for the call by
some people for reversal to the Paper and Pencil
Test mode. In order to ensure equity and level
playground for all candidates taking the Unified
Tertiary Matriculation Examination, the Board has
designed a system that will allow candidates use
only eight (8) keys without the use of the
All the candidates need to do is to press the
letters A,B,C,D for responses (answer) to
questions and keys:
P = Previous question
N = Next question
S = Submit responses when candidate has
finished examination
R = Reverse (do not intend to go further to
submit again)
Following the standardisation of the Computer
Based Test (CBT) centres in terms of carrying
capacity of two hundred and fifty (250),
candidates would be distributed evenly to all
centres without any discrimination. No Centre
would be favoured and no Centre would be
discriminated against.
The examination Schedule, Timetable and
Sessions have all been designed, streamlined and
syncronised for the examination to start and end
on the same day, except otherwise dictated by
the number of candidates in a few states with
low subscription.
From this year, the Board has automated
different reporting forms for examination
officials. These forms have been reviewed such
that they are now designed to be responsive to
issues at centres to serve as a quick signal for
both the examination and Centre situations.
A new structure has also been put in place for
the administration of the examination. We have
introduced officials such as the Chief External
Examiners, Zonal External Examiners, External
Examiners, Peace Monitors etc.
All these categories of officials and their roles
would be explained in the presentation that
would follow shortly after these introduction and
opening remarks.
Please permit me, once again to salute and
appreciate my predecessors in office for all the
efforts that they put in place to take the Board
to its present height. In particular, we note their
efforts, commitment and passion for the
candidates with different ability, especially the
blind candidates. A lot of resources is committed
every year for the conduct of the Unified Tertiary
Matriculation Examination for the blind
Meanwhile, in order to amplify the past efforts
and also expand the frontiers of equity and
inclusiveness, we have met with the Executive
Committee of the Association of Blind Persons in
Nigeria at the Board’s Headquarters in Abuja in
February 2017 and we also met with prospective
blind candidates from a school for the blind in
Lagos about two weeks ago at the University of
The outcome of these meetings revealed that,
while the challenged group fully appreciates the
Board’s recent efforts at improving and
upgrading the facilities for the administration of
the Board’s examination for the blind candidates,
with the purchase of sophisticated and expensive
Braille Apex equipment, the paradox of it, is that
we have put majority of the blind candidates at a
disadvantage as many of them have never been
exposed to these latest gadgets in the various
Though, the Board also made efforts at training
the blind candidates on the equipment before the
examination, it is apparent that the two days to
one week training and exposure to the
sophisticated gadgets are inadequate and have
little impact on them before the examination.
The Association pleaded that the Board takes
another look at our approach in order to have
value for the resources that we are committing
to their teaching, learning and assessment.
Firstly after our interaction, the Board appealed
to some universities and other tertiary
institutions to admit all the blind candidates that
met the minimum requirement for registration in
the 2016 Unified Tertiary Matriculation
Examination and I am happy to inform this
august gathering that all candidates who fall into
this category have been admitted. I thank the
Vice Chancellors and Provosts who graciously
partnered with us to admit the blind candidates
into their institutions.
Secondly, the Board has approached the Digital
Bridge Institute to partner with it to set up
Visually Impaired Candidates centres where the
blind candidates can be trained all year round
and which can also serve as examination centres
for them. The Institute has agreed to set up
these dedicated centres in Abuja, Lagos and
Kano in 2018 and the Board will support the
centres with all necessary inputs that would
make teaching, learning and assessment at the
centres seamless.
The centres would also have residential
accommodation for the blind candidates and
their guides.
Thirdly, having noted the complaints of the
Association and looking forward to 2018 when
the project of dedicated centres would come to
fruition, the Board has reached an understanding
with the Association for the Blind Persons in
Nigeria and Blind students in Lagos, that an
abridged approach would be used for the 2017
Unified Tertiary Matriculation Examination,
whereby, all prospective blind candidates would
be invited to three centres in the country for
special assessment in their subjects of choice
that are relevant to their desired courses and
The Board is reaching out to academics and
counsellors in special education to handle this
special assessment with each candidate.
The session would be interactive with the
purview covering the Use of English and three
subjects, just like the sighted candidate. The
assessment would be scored and each candidate
would be given his or her score. The outcome of
the exercise and the ordinary level results in the
Senior School Certificate Examination will form
the basis for the recommendation of these
candidates to the various tertiary institutions of
their choices.
In addition, the Board shall be responsible for the
transportation and accommodation of every blind
candidate and one guide.
These affirmative actions of the Board for the
differently abled persons are also part of our all-
inclusive approach to all comers. Again and
indeed, we are for everybody.
For the umpteenth time, I would want to use this
opportunity to emphasize that awaiting result
candidates are eligible to register and sit for the
Unified Tertiary Matriculation Examination.
However, they would not be considered for
admission on awaiting result status. The Board
urges all candidates desirous of admission to
upload their O’ level results on the Board’s portal
the moment they receive them and before the
commencement of admission exercise as their O’
level results would form a crucial part of their
registration requirements.
In conclusion, this retreat’s objective is hinged
on sensitisation of key stakeholders and on your
responsibilities, not only to the Board but to the
Nigerian Nation and to also alert you to the
readiness of the Board’s enhanced inclusiveness
in our approach at reassuring you that we are on
this journey together and together we shall
Let me again thank you all for honouring our
invitation to be here today. Your sacrifice to
participate and contribute to the fine-tuning of
the supervision and evaluation of the Board’s
examination are clear demonstration of your
deep interest in the development of education in
We are determined to make a change with this
examination as we are aware of the strategic
role our examination plays in deciding the
direction of tertiary education in Nigeria. We
appeal to you all to give us the required support.
At the end the various remarks, presentations,
interaction and comments, we shall be breaking
into syndicate groups where each cluster would
discuss in deeper details the expected roles and
obligations of each examination official. The
guiding principle would be to formulate ideas and
map out strategies that would ensure the
maintenance and sustenance of the integrity of
the Board’s examination and the sanctity of its
Thank you.

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