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JAMB’s Many Errors

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Nigeria News takes a look at the many errors of JAMB as complained by the UTME candidates.

I think by now the Registrar of the Joint Admission and Matriculation Board (JAMB), Professor Ishaq Oloyede should do more than making money for the Federal Government and work harder to get the conduct of the Unified Tertiary Matriculation Examination right.

The logistic of the UTME in the last few days that candidates began to write the examination has not been impressive.

The Computer Based Test introduced by JAMB has lacked the standard we expect despite that it was introduced about four years ago. JAMB is yet to get it right. Candidates complain about the irregularities at the various examination centres.

On Friday, thousands of students could not write the examination that began about four days ago because the computer systems at some examination centres malfunctioned

Some candidates could not even access their examination centres due to wrong addresses sent to them while the computer could not identify some of them.

It was gathered that some centres could not continue with the examination due to power outage. They could not get fuel to power their generator in part of Lagos due to scarcity of petrol.

Recall that fuel tanker drivers refused to lift Premium Motor Spirit from depots as the Independent Marketers embarked on strike.

This affected many UTME centres on Friday. Candidates were asked to leave with the promise that a new date would be sent to them before the next day.

As at 6am on Saturday many of these disappointed candidates were just receiving messages on when and where to write the test. For those who were scheduled to write the test on Saturday, the time and venue were changed.

Some of the candidates, investigation revealed did not receive the message until they arrived at their previous examination centres to learn that the venue and time had been shifted.

And for the fact that they were not supposed to take telephone handset to the examination centres, many of the candidates were stranded. They had no idea of the new schedule.

JAMB missed it big time in terms of logistics and its timetable. The UTME timetable collided with the May/June 2019 West African Senior School Certificate Examinations.

What this implies is that candidates that have registered for both examinations will need to prioritize, which test is more important to him or her.

To JAMB, candidates writing UTME must have passed WASSCE but the board should have known that there are millions of candidates that enrolled to rewrite WASSCE to fortify their qualifications.

Each year, JAMB puts its candidates in stress. These young candidates are skewed by the malady, which invariably affect their performance in the examination.

The board has made a tremendous leap in revenue generation but this does not reflect in the area of the real conduct of the UTME.

The government should not only take the billions of Naira being generated by the board but must look back to provide the necessary facilities for quality conduct of its examination.

1 Comment

  1. Nebonta Wilfred

    April 15, 2019 at 6:49 AM

    when will I be writing my exam because mine was suppose to be on 11th April but due to the bad facilities they postponed ours and haven’t got any message on when next to write

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