The Joint Admission and Matriculation Board, JAMB, on Monday said
it has made plans to move candidates of the 2017 Unified Tertiary
Matriculation Examination, UTME, who were scheduled to have their
examination at the Ladoke Akintola University of Technology, LAUTECH,
Ogbomoso, to Ilorin to write their examination due to continued unrest
at the university.
The candidates who were to sit for the exams on Monday inside the
LAUTECH campus Computer Based Test (CBT) centre were prevented from
gaining entrance inside the premises by protesting students of the
The students had mobilised themselves as early as 6.00 a.m. for the
protest, and stationed themselves in teams across all entrances into the
institution. (Read The Report Here)
They reportedly barricaded all the entrances, thereby, preventing any
movement in and outside of the campus and in the process also denying
all staff of the institution entry.
Reacting to the development, JAMB’s spokesperson, Fabian Benjamin, in
a telephone conversation told journalists that the board is
concluding arrangements to reschedule the exams for the affected
candidates at Ilorin.
“We will reschedule them. Even though it’s not our problem, it’s the
school’s problem; but they are our candidates. There is no private
centre in Ogbomosho and the closest centre to Ogbomosho is Ilorin.
“This disruption happened today and we need to do some technical
arrangements first; So, no date has been fixed yet. But we are going to
write the exams in Ilorin except if LAUTECH resolves the students
unrest”, Mr. Benjamin said.
As the UTME commenced on Saturday at 633 centres across the country
with 1.7 million candidates expected to sit, many have lamented the
irregularities experienced in the network at the Computer Based Centres.
Some of the candidates in FCT, Osun, Ebonyi and Nasarawa states
expressed dissatisfaction over poor internet challenges at their
respective CBT centres.
Speaking at the Digital Bridge Institute, one of the CBT centres in
Abuja on Saturday, the Registrar of JAMB, Is-haq Oloyede said that over
57,000 candidates sat on the first day.
He noted that the examination was starting off with two sessions
rather than three, to allow the centres cover for any contingencies.
According to him, the examination started late in few centres
including the Digital Bridge Institute centre, where the first session
started at about 8 a.m., an hour behind schedule.
“The first day we are having a little above 57,000; we want to be
skeletal today. We do not want to have the three sessions today, this is
the first day and we expect that they will have some wiring problems
because we know that most of the centres have been abandoned since last
year but by Monday, we will start three full sessions.”
Mr. Oloyede also disclosed that four centres, which were confronted
with challenges caused by some individuals who were out to sabotage the
process, were being closely monitored to forestall further hitches.
“Out of 633 centres, we have problems with four. We have two problems
in Bauchi, one in Kano, one in Ekpoma not from technology problem but
from those who are cutting corners in the centres, those who have not
put the centres in place and for the ingenuity of certain people and
criminals that do not know that we have put technology in place to
detect what they are doing.
“There was a little disturbance in Ekpoma and we are monitoring what
is going on, there is a little problem in Uturu; we are monitoring what
is happening there too,” he added.
The centre’s JAMB administrator, Enobong Bassey, who confirmed Mr.
Oloyede’s visit told journalists that only two batches sat for the
exams on Saturday. He however added that the centre catered for three
batches of candidates on Monday.
“We were only able to take two batches on Saturday due to some
logistic issues which we have resolved. As we speak, the third batch is
writing their exams today(Monday)”, he said.
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