The Joint Admissions and Matriculation Board on Tuesday assured candidates sitting for this year ’ s Unified Tertiary Matriculation Examination that they would not be denied the opportunity of writing the examination .
Dr Fabian Benjamin , Head of Public Relations, JAMB , gave the assurance in an interview with the News Agency of Nigeria in Lagos following fears concerning a clash in the timetable of West African Senior School Certificate Examination and UTME .
According to the timetable , WAEC students who are expected to write Animal Husbandry on April 11 by 9 : 00 a . m . are also expected to sit for the UTME on the same day .
At least 1 . 8 million candidates are expected to write this year ’ s UTME , while over one million students also registered for the May/June examinations of the WASSCE across the country.
Benjamin explained that WAEC starts with practicals and that it has so many sessions for its practicals.
“ People have been talking about clashes between WAEC and JAMB timetable .
“ We ( JAMB ) have met with the WAEC management and WAEC has 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 .
“ The WAEC Practicals are in sections . There is no clash at all and that 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 ( between UTME and WASCCE ) at all.
“ We want Nigerians to know that WAEC has actually accommodated the fears of candidates.
“ This is as a result of the meeting between the Head of the National Office of WAEC , Mr Isaac Adenipekun and JAMB Registrar , Ishaq Oloyede .
“ JAMB examination takes just about two hours , but what WAEC is saying is that candidates should go and be preparing for their examinations , ’’ he said .