As the 2017 Unified Tertiary Matriculation Examination (UTME) commences nationwide today, the Joint Admission and Matriculation Board (JAMB) has disclosed that Imo State takes the lead with 101,868 candidates for the test.
Coming close to Imo State, among the top ten with the highest number of candidates are: Osun, Oyo, and Ogun with 88, 655, 87, 811 and 81, 349, respectively.
Others include: Delta 81, 108, Anambra 77, 253; Kaduna 72, 104; Kano 70, 276; Kogi 70, 150 and Benue 68, 916.
According to the JAMB, a total of 1, 736, 571 candidates are expected to sit for the admission test that commences today in 624 centres nationwide, as against the 524 centres recorded last year.
Professor Ishaq Oloyede, JAMB Registrar, at a press briefing recently disclosed that a total of 321 blind candidates registered to partake in the examination, saying that adequate arrangement had been provided to ensure their effective participation in the exam.
He warned candidates with partial impairment in their vision not to consider themselves as blind candidates for the examination, saying that anyone caught in the act will be handed over for prosecution.
Oloyede decried lack of valuable information on JAMB activities; Computer Based Test (CBT) and misconception cutoff point were major challenges to have affected the Board’s image negatively.