Candidates sitting for the Unified Tertiary Matriculation Examination (UTME) would from this year spend two hours instead of the usual three hours to write the exam which will hold on May 20.
The Joint Admissions and Matriculation Board (JAMB), Registrar/Chief Executive Prof. Is-haq Oloyede, on Wednesday, March 29, stated this in Kaduna, during the opening ceremony of a strategic planning retreat on the monitoring, supervision and evaluation of 2017 UTME with the theme: “Inclusiveness and sensitisation of key external actors.”
He said the reduction of hours was in line with international best standards and practices where no candidate is kept in an examination such as UTME for more than two hours.
We are going to reduce the duration of the examination for this year’s UTME. You cannot keep children of this age for three hours. For their age, the maximum time you can keep them is two hours. So, we are considering the reduction in the time they spend because once it is more than two hours you can’t expect that they will retain their presence of mind.