Published February 20, 2019
The Joint Admissions and Matriculation Board has postponed the mock examination of the Unified Tertiary Matriculation Examination slated to start from Saturday , February 23 , because of the rescheduled Presidential and National Assembly elections .
The board also said , on Wednesday , that it may reschedule the 2019 UTME if the country ’ s elections drag until the earlier fixed dates of Saturday , March 16 , to Saturday , March 23 .
According to the new timetable released by the Independent National Electoral Commission , the Governorship and state Houses of Assembly elections slated for March 2 have been rescheduled to March 9 , which fuels fears that the UTME slated for March 16 may be affected.
The JAMB Head of Information, Dr Fabian Benjamin , in an interview on Wednesday , said the board could announce new dates for the UTME if the elections did not conclude by March 9 .
Benjamin added that a new date for the mock examination would be announced by the management shortly .
He said , “ The elections have been shifted and we are also watching other government programmes . If for any reason they affect our timetable , we will not be averse to shifting . But as it is now , our date stands .
“ If they do elections and there is a need to do a run- off and it enters another week , of course , it will affect our programmes , then we will adjust appropriately .
“ Our mock examination was supposed to start this weekend . Now that INEC has shifted the presidential elections to this weekend , certainly mock examination will not take place that day .
“ A new date for the mock examination will soon be announced to candidates. But for the examination , the date earlier scheduled stands . No date has been picked for the mock . We are still looking at other things .”