The UTME 2020 examination came to an end, as 354 blind candidates sit for the examination in various centers across Nigeria.
When the Nigerian federal government declared Monday as the deadline that schools operating in the country should be shut down, the Joint Admissions and Matriculation Board (JAMB) authorities concluded the 2020 Unified Tertiary Matriculation Examination (UTME) on Sunday, less than 24 hours.
Although some regular candidates who were rescheduled to sit the examination in Bayelsa State on Sunday, a total of 354 blind candidates also participated in the examination across 12 centers. These JAMB examination centers are located in Lagos, Ondo, Ekiti, Oyo, Kano, Enugu, and the Federal Capital Territory, Abuja.
However, it is important to note that the blind candidates had earlier been scheduled to sit for their examination between Monday, March 23 and Tuesday, 24, according to Peter Okebukola, the chairman of JAMB’s equal opportunity group. The JAMB’s equal opportunity group is a group of professionals who carries the responsibility of conducting the examination for blind and other disadvantaged candidates.
Breaking down the number of candidates who wrote in each of the 12 centers in Nigeria, the Chairman of JAMB’s equal opportunity group, Mr. Peter Okebukola said the Lagos center which is located at the University of Lagos (UNILAG), had 54 candidates who were drawn from both Lagos and Ogun states.
While the Oyo State center located at the Federal College of Education (Special), Oyo, had 23 candidates from Oyo, Kwara and Osun state respectively.
“Twenty-four candidates from Ondo sat for their exam at the Federal University of Technology, Akure (FUTA) while twenty-three (23) others from Ekiti State sat for their examinations at the Ekiti State University (EKSU).
At the five centers in Kano state, 122 candidates covering all northern states with each center catering for about 30 candidates participated in the examination”.
Finally, two centers which are located in Abuja, the Federal Capital Territory of Nigeria, had a total of 53 candidates while 55 others from the South-east and South-south had their examination at the University of Nigeria, Enugu campus. JAMB recorded a total of 2.1 million candidates for the UTME 2020, which is the highest in its history.
However, the statistics of candidates who actually sat for the examination is yet to be released by the examination body, as some candidates were faced with challenges, JAMB Candidates angry and in tears as JAMB stop them from taking exams over lateness.
We wish them luck and success in their examination.