The Federal Government has approved Saturday, June 18, 2011 as new date for the conduct of the 2011 Unified Tertiary Matriculation Examination (UTME).
In a letter of approval conveyed to the Registrar of JAMB, Prof ‘Dibu Ojerinde, and obtained by our correspondent, the Federal Government explained that the change became inevitable as a result of the clash in date (i.e. June 11, 2011) earlier fixed, with the ongoing National Examination Council (NECO) examinations.
The government pointed out that many students who had applied to write UTME would also be sitting for the NECO’s Biology (Practicals) on Friday, June 10, 2011, and as such, may not be able to travel after their NECO examinations to sit for UTME on the date scheduled.
It stated, “The Board has been inundated with requests from parents of children who chose towns outside their present locations to reconsider and shift date to June 18, 2011 as against the earlier fixed date for the 2011 UTME.”
The statement added that government did not want to live anyone in the dark.
“Our decision to change the date is aimed at not depriving any candidate of the opportunity to sit for the 2011 UTME.”