Registrar of Joint Admission and Matriculation Board (JAMB), Prof. Dibu Ojerinde said on Friday that the 2014 Unified Tertiary Matriculation Examination (UTME) would also be conducted in seven countries abroad.
Ojerinde stated this on Friday while fielding questions from newsmen at the University of Ilorin.
He said the examination, scheduled for April, would also take place in Accra (Ghana), Johannesburg (South Africa), Cameroun, Jeddah (Saudi Arabia), Ivory Coast, London (UK) and Cotonou (Benin Republic).
He said JAMB was prepared to conduct a smooth and hitch-free examination in all accredited centres in the country.
He said about 160 examination centres were accredited to conduct the electronic-based examination, pointing out that the number of centres was increased this year.
“Last year, the board had only fifty-five centres,” he said.
The Registrar said about 300 examination centres applied, adding that only 160 were accred
ited because they met with the Board’s requirements.
He said the centres would have steady power supply with back-up facilities if there were power out-ages.
On the level of education in the country, Ojerinde said that polytechnics and colleges of education offered the best technical training in the country.
“The federal and state governments must revamp and reposition the institutions to meet the demands of the education sector,” he said.
He urged Nigerians not to abandon the country for “education tourism abroad”, adding that the Ghanaian education was not better than Nigeria’s and advised those leaving to return.