Of the 267,000 candidates that applied to sit for the Unified Tertiary Matriculation Examination (UTME) mock examination, only 79.03 per cent participated.

Explaining why it could only accommodate 211,000 candidates, the Joint Admissions and Matriculation Board (JAMB) said the number of candidates was reduced because it had no intention of conducting the examination for more than a day.

The Registrar of JAMB, Professor Is-hak Oloyede, addressed reporters on Monday in Bwari after visiting some Computer Based Test (CBT) centres in Nigeria’s capital city, Abuja.

JAMB had earlier scheduled February 26 for candidates who wish to write the mock examinations.

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“It is not that we cannot have more than this number but because if we are to take the examination in all the areas in a particular town, it will take three days.

“We can take only what a town can take, that is how far we can go,’’ he said.

While describing the action as unfortunate, he noted that the board had apologised to those candidates that were not fortunate to sit for the examination.

The registrar, however, gave an assurance that the board has put in place measures to ensure effective monitoring of candidates.

He stated that the board had mobilised 2,000 non-JAMB staff, in addition to the 1,600 members of staff across its 602 CBT centres, for effective conduct of the exercise.

“We urge candidates that it is either you write the examination or you do not write.

‘’When questions become difficult and you begin to unplug or tamper with the systems, this will not be entertained again.

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“We are monitoring each system now and when we discover any logout, it is at the candidate’s instance, then they would have to carry their cross.

“No more mop up or second chances because we have been able to tackle the logout challenges that occurred in the previous year,” he added.

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