By Chinyere Nwachukwu
Lagos – The Joint Admissions and Matriculation Board (JAMB) says it is set to meet with heads of other public examination bodies to fine tune examination schedules in order to avoid infringement on its examinations.
The Head, Media and Information of the board, Dr Fabian Benjamin, gave the hint in a statement made available to the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) on Sunday in Lagos.
Benjamin stated that the board was determined to address “myriad of challenges confronting public examinations in the country’’.
He said that the board had yet to roll out its applications for 2017 UTME because it was working to improve on the conduct of its examination.
“You cannot do things the same way and expect different result.
“This year, we shall improve on a lot of things to get better results.
“However, we are mindful of the fact that there will be challenges accepting new directions of doing things by candidates.
“There will be improvement in our new payment platform, process of change of name; change of course; change of institution and others.
“This also applies to other difficulties that may arise in our attempt to improve on the entire process, which we have resolved to tackle.
“To make this feasible, the board had started working with other examination bodies to achieve a holistic result for the Nigerian child desirous of sound education,’’ Benjamin stated.
He stated that in view of the above, the board had slated a meeting with the Head of National Office (HNO) of WAEC, the Registrars of NECO and NABTEB, scheduled for Tuesday, Jan. 17.
The meeting is expected to come out with a suitable time table that will not infringe on other examinations.
According to him, the meeting is part of the final preparations to begin sale of the 2017 Unified Tertiary Matriculation Examination (UTME) application forms.
Benjamin stated that the board did not want candidates to be stranded during examination due to clashes in dates of their various external examinations.
He said during the meeting, there would be a harmonisation of calendar of sister examination bodies.
“We appeal to Nigerians to support our drive to ensure that the board’s matriculation examination meets international best practice,” Benjamin stated.