Prof Ishaq Oloyede reported yesterday Monday, 26th of February, 2018 that out of the 258,000 candidates that applied for the 2018 Unified Tertiary Matriculation Examination, UTME mock examination, only 211,000 candidates took part in the test.
This was due to insufficient space to accommodate interested students in some of the computer-based centres across the nation.
However, the registrar, while inspecting the Blue Ocean Technology centre and Veritas University centre in Abuja on Monday told journalists that he was satisfied with the level of preparedness he noticed.
Mr. Oloyede said the board is aware of the challenges of lack of even spread of facilities in some states. He urged indigenes from such areas to establish a computer-based centre there.
“It is not that we cannot have more candidates but the spread that the candidates chose (is a challenge). For instance, if you are taking candidates that chose Pankshin as their centre, the examination will last for three days so we chose the one on ground. But there are enough spaces in Ibadan, Lagos, Oyo but you can’t move these candidates from Plateau State to these parts that have vacancies. So, its better to pick what a town can accommodate, so we have apologised to the students,” he said.
Mr. Oloyede said out of the 602 centres being used, only six of the centres had challenges.
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