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JAMB: Where Oloyede got
it wrong
STUDENTS and parents are lamenting the
stress they undergo every year during the
conduct of the Unified Tertiary Matriculation
Examination, UTME. They are urging the
Federal Ministry of Education to prevail on
the JAMB registrar, Professor Ishaq Oloyede,
to alleviate their sufferings.
They particularly frowned at the cancelled
mock UTME slated for last Saturday, noting
that the registration process of the UTME
and the mock examination were cumbersome
and fraught with irregularities. The aggrieved
stakeholders observed that though the mock
examination was optional, it however, showed
how the main examination scheduled for May
would have ended.
When the former JAMB registrar, Professor
Dibu Ojerinde, initiated the Computer-Based
Test in 2013, it was applauded by many in
the sector. It was believed that it had the
potential of bringing our examination system
up to the 21st Century global best practices.
Having made it optional for candidates from
2013 and 2014, Ojerinde went further to make
it compulsory from 2015 for all candidates.
Thus, the Paper Pencil Test was eliminated in
2015 in the conduct of UTME examinations.
In the first two years of the CBT, many
students hailed Ojerinde for the development
because it enabled candidates to purchase
JAMB forms from the banks, proceed to
cyber cafes to register online.
Moreover, candidates became more excited
when they discovered that with the new CBT
system, they would get their results within 24
hours through their mobile phones. Therefore,
after a candidate has successfully registered,
he received every information about the
examination, centre and states. However, in
2016 UTME, the success story changed and
many stakeholders began to sing discordant
tunes as the examination was characterised
by irregularities.
Malfunctioningof servers
Many of the candidates that same year
complained about the malfunctioning of
servers, overcrowded CBT halls, faulty
computers and frequent shut down of
computers which according to them,
interrupted the flow of the examination.
Several candidates and parents also
complained that aside posting their children
to far away states for the examination, after
the exam, they got conflicting UTME scores.
Cross section of UTME candidates during a
computer based test.
While some were awarded 40 marks, others
complained of a deduction from previous
marks sent to their GSM. The scenario
angered many stakeholders who called for
Ojerinde’s sack but the government ignored
the call until his tenure expired.
However, when Professor Ishaq Oloyede was
announced as Ojerinde’s successor in 2016,
many accepted the appointment with mixed
feelings, querying the rationale behind the
choice of a Professor of Islamic
Jurisprudence to man a computer-oriented
empire. His predecessor, Dibu Ojerinde is a
Professor of Tests and Measurement and
Educational Administrator.
In his address, Oloyede promised to build on
the existing computer-based test of UTME
examination though with little modifications.
The modifications, according to him include
introduction of Closed-Circuit Television
(CCTV) cameras in all CBT accredited
centres across the country.
Speaking in 2016 during one of his meetings
with CBT operators held at the University of
Lagos, Oloyede said the decision to modify
the process was made to avoid past errors
and wipe out the noticeable irregularities
facing the conduct of the examination.
He said: “We are in a period of change, and
what that means is that everything we have
been doing must be reviewed. Whatever we
have been doing right will have to be
reinforced while what we were doing wrong
will be changed.” He, therefore, mandated
that every accredited CBT centre must have
250 desktop or laptop systems in a single
room, with about 25 backup systems before
being qualified to hold the examination.
Oloyede further maintained that during data
capturing, the 10 fingers of the candidate
must be captured, adding that any candidate
whose 10 fingers cannot be captured by the
CBT centres should be redirected to the
headquarters of JAMB in FCT, Abuja. Unlike
in the previous years when a prospective
candidate could just walk into a bank and
purchase a UTME form, every candidate in
this administration must first create a profile
in JAMB website, before proceeding to the
bank to pay and obtain an e-pin. He also
made optional, mock examination for
However, reactions from prospective
candidates on 2017 UTME revealed that many
of the modifications carried out by Oloyede
on the previous process of registration and
examination have made it more stressful for
candidates. Since commencement of
registration on March 20, candidates have
been complaining of difficulties in obtaining
their e-pins during registration. Just as hope
of many candidates were dashed last
Saturday when they went for the mock
examination at the CBT centres, it was
reported that most of the CBT centres could
not connect to the main server at the centre,
thus making it impossible for many
candidates to participate in the exercise.
Candidates lamented that many of them had
to queue for hours under the sun before they
were called in for the mock. Some centres
where they had already sat for the
examination were highly disappointed as they
announced to them that the mock exam had
been postponed.
The JAMB registrar who circulated the
information to the supervisors through a text
message that Saturday, blamed
circumstances beyond his control. Though he
did not disclose what those circumstances
were, it cannot however, be far from reports
reaching him about failures to connect with
the central server.
Failures to connect with the central server
Meanwhile, Vanguard’s visit to some of the
centres where the mock examination was
scheduled to hold last Saturday, showed the
candidates under scorching sun waiting to
write the exam. At Knowledge Ware
Technology, Itire Road, Lawanson, Surulere
Lagos, the candidates said they arrived the
centre as early as 7.00am but had nobody to
attend to them. One of the candidates said:
“Ï am not feeling good because the rain that
fell this morning drenched me. Now I am
under the sun at 2.00pm still waiting to write
the mock exam.”
Two other candidates at the centre, Musa
Ahmed and Hassan Bukola, said the failure of
JAMB to conduct the exam had left them
demoralised as they had put all their efforts
into it. At the Digital Bridge Institute, a centre
at Utako, it was reported that the candidates
were very disappointed that the test was
Miss Sarah Adeniyi, a candidate, arrived at
the centre as early as 6.30am but could not
enter the hall as at 1.30 pm. She was
roaming around the premises. “I am so tired
and hungry. I rushed down here thinking they
would keep to time. Look at us under the sun
since morning. I just feel like forgetting about
this whole mock of a thing,” she lamented.
Where did Oloyede get it wrong from where
Ojerinde stopped? It is apparent that
Nigerians are not ready to be patient with
any public servant who seems to delay their
progress for no reason. Candidates are
looking forward to seeing a problem-free 2017

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