JOINT Admissions and Matriculation Board (JAMB), has dismissed fears of possible clash of 2019 exam schedules between Unified Tertiary Matriculation Examination (UTME) and West African Examination Council (WAEC) for students registered for both examinations.
The disclosure came on Tuesday, through JAMB’s Head of Public Relations, Fabian Benjamin in a media interview in Lagos, amidst fears of possible clash in the timetable of West African Senior School Certificate Examination and UTME.
According to him, “people have been talking about clashes between WAEC and JAMB timetable. We (JAMB) have met with the WAEC management and they have just given us an assurance that there is no clash; that people don’t just understand the modus operandi of the timetable, especially as it affects the practicals.”
He emphasised that WAEC Practicals are in sections that would obviously not clash at all with UTME exam schedules, noting that the allegation of a clash in timetable is unfounded and baseless.
“WAEC has given us an assurance that it has accommodated all the fears of candidates. That the practical subjects are scheduled in sections in such a way that there would not be any clash at all.
“We want Nigerians to know that WAEC has actually accommodated the fears of candidates.”
Benjamin emphasised that the assurance is based on outcome of a meeting between the Head of the National Office of WAEC, Mr Isaac Adenipekun and JAMB Registrar, Ishaq Oloyede.
Findings show that the feared clash of schedule is on April 11,, 2019, Animal Husbandry WAEC exam, scheduled for 9:00am, when some of the students are expected to sit for UTME examination the same day.
In a reaction to the development, candidate’s guardian, Justina Nkoye while speaking to National Light reporter on the issue expressed discomfort with double schedule for students. “It may be argued that the time for the exams varies but you should also note that the venues are not the same. Students may be put under pressure to shuttle between the venues and it will not put the students in best condition for an examination.”
She insisted that if that is not a clash, then she does not understand better, the meaning of clash in this context.
Reports indicate that about 1.8 million candidates are expected to write this year’s UTME, while over one million students equally registered for the WASSCE May/June exams across the country.