The Joint Admissions and Matriculation Board, JAMB, on Sunday, said it would partner with the Ministry of Foreign Affairs to conduct public examination through Computer Based Test, CBT, for Nigerians abroad.
The examination board also said universities that charged more than N2,000 from applicants for its post-UTME examination will be made to refund the excess payment.
JAMB’s Head of Public Relations, Fabian Benjamin, made these known in an interview with the News Agency of Nigeria, NAN, in Abuja.
Mr. Benjamin said that the collaboration was to enhance the conduct of Unified Tertiary Matriculation Examination, UTME, for foreign candidates in 2018.
He said 2017 UTME was conducted for foreign candidates on September 30 in Gambia, Saudi Arabia, United Kingdom, Ghana, Ivory Coast, Benin Republic, Ethiopia, South Africa and Cameroun.
According to him, although the conduct of the examination was not justifiable, in terms of monetary value, there is need for JAMB to collaborate, to promote growth in the education sector.
The head of public relations explained that foreign candidates sat for examination in one session based on local time of their various countries, adding that the questions were deployed from the Board’s headquarters.
He decried message on the social media that the Minister of Education, Adamu Adamu, had directed the refund of post UTME fee, describing the information as false and could create confusion in the public domain.
Mr. Benjamin urged the public to disregard the information, saying that institutions that had charged more than N2,000 would be asked to make refund of the excess.
He described as unfortunate a situation where some institutions could not adhere to the minister’ directive about the payment of post-UTME.