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The Joint Admissions and Matriculation Board
(JAMB) is gearing up for the 2017 Unified
Tertiary Matriculation Examination (UTME) which
is scheduled to hold in May.
The registration process this year has been one
of the most stressful for candidates who have
not stopped complaining.
It took some candidates more than three days to
do their registration while some others are still
finding it hard to register.
Some Nigerians are worried about the
preparedness of JAMB for this year’s UTME and
this is why.
1. Poor network for registration
One of the complaints candidates have had
about the new registration process introduced by
JAMB is slow speed of internet services at CBT
Some have been stranded at registration centres
as they were unable to generate their Personal
Identification Number (PIN) due to poor network.
2. The mock examination failed to hold
The board had fixed April 8 for its inaugural mock
exam but it was postponed last minute despite
assurances that nothing would go wrong.
Candidates arrived at their centres on the day of
the test but it was postponed until further notice
due to some “unforeseen circumstances. Could
this be a sign of things to come?
3. Not enough equipment for computer based
Some Nigerians are of the opinion that Nigeria
has not developed enough in Information
Communication Technology (ICT) to make CBT
One of the candidates said: “Nigeria has not
gotten enough equipment to make CBT
mandatory. We have not gotten there yet. A lot
needs to be put in place. If in the urban areas
we are still complaining of no network, what then
becomes of the villages?”
4. JAMB is yet to get it right
The board had failed to carry everyone along
when it fixed mock test for April 8, knowing that
some candidates had not been able to do their
registration. Also, since CBT was introduced, it
has been one challenge after the other.
“Since the introduction of CBT we are still faced
with network failure, malfunctioning of computers
and all that. Is this a sign that JAMB exam will
experience hitches at the detriment of the
students?” one of the candidates queried.
JAMB registrar Prof Is-haq Oloyede disclosed
that about one million UTME candidates were
registered for the 2017 UTME as at April 7.
Meanwhile, candidates and their parents all over
the country have raised an alarm over the stress
of registering for the examination.
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