Persistent system failure characterised the Joint Admission and Matriculation Board’s (JAMB) Unified Tertiary Matriculation Examination (UTME) in Danbo Worldwide College Kaduna.
Correspondent of the Information Company of Nigeria (NAN) who monitored the train in Kaduna on Thursday, stories that the examination, which was alleged to final for 2 hours, lasted for 4 hours on the centre.
750 college students wrote the examination on the centre, with the primary batch, made up of 250 candidates anticipated to write down from 8:00 a.m. to 10:00 a.m. however couldn’t begin till round 9:00 a.m. and completed round 12:00 p.m.
The second batch that was to begin at 10:00 a.m., couldn’t achieve this till round 12:00 p.m. as a result of all the pc methods tripped-off couple of minutes after graduation of the examination as a consequence of energy minimize.
Different methods had been dangerous and had to get replaced with again up, whereas others stored going off at completely different intervals whereas the scholars had been writing the examination.
One of many candidates, Akintola Isaac instructed NAN that his system tripped-off 3 times, including that any time it tripped, he began once more.
Akintola, who sat for the examination for the second time, added that the constant failure of the system didn’t permit him to complete the examination earlier than he was requested to depart the corridor.
“We barely commenced the examination when all of the system within the corridor went off. After getting them operating once more, my system tripped-off 3 times and it takes 10 to 20 minutes to get it working once more.
“In the long term, I solely completed two papers and was on the third one once I was requested to depart the corridor that my time is up.
“After I complained to the JAMB officers and appealed to permit me write once more, they instructed me there’s nothing they will do.
“Am nonetheless interesting to JAMB to provide me one other alternative as a result of it’s not my fault,” he stated.
One other candidate, Hamza Gambo, stated: “The examination commenced round 9:00 a.m. and shortly after we commenced electrical energy went off and the all of the methods shutdown.
“After restoring the ability which took about 10 minutes, my system tripped-off and compelled me to attend for 20 minutes earlier than it was restored, and I needed to begin once more.
“I used to be on my fourth paper once I was requested to depart the corridor. That is unfair,” she stated.
Additionally, Jamilu Iliyasu, who wrote the examination for the primary time, complained that the community was dangerous, including that the system stored freezing.
“It’s a dangerous expertise as a result of it affected my time. I’m not pleased in any respect,” iliyasu stated.
Equally, Zainab Abdullahi, who wrote the examination for the third time, stated her system was not practical and needed to look ahead to about an hour earlier than she was assigned one other one.
However quite the opposite, Temitope Adebowale, stated after the preliminary energy minimize, the train went on easily.
“That is my first time and I’m assured of scoring between 280 and 300 factors,” she stated.
When contacted, the JAMB official, who spoke on situation of anonymity confirmed the system failure to NAN.
“As you may see, the second set is meant to enter the corridor round 10:00 a.m. after the primary set has completed however they’re simply getting into the corridor now and it’s already 12:00 p.m.
“I simply pray that what occurred with the primary set won’t occur once more,” she stated.
And when requested about what JAMB would do about Akintola Isaac’s case, she stated: “It’s officers on the JAMB Headquarters that may resolve his destiny.
“Ours is to write down a report, indicating what transpired on the course of the examination for them to take the required motion.
Additionally, the Human Useful resource Supervisor of Danbo Worldwide College, who refused to provide his title confirmed that the electrical energy within the corridor went off as a consequence of technical failure.
“Once they commenced the examination, we obtained a complain that the air con system within the corridor isn’t working and the corridor is stuffy.
“I requested one in all our technicians to repair it and he went to the change board to see if there’s electrical energy within the wires that feed the air con system. He didn’t even open the board when the sunshine went off.
“And for the methods that had been dangerous, we had been in a position to substitute them with some backup system that we stored for such emergency scenario,” he added.
In the meantime, the examination went on easily on the Kaduna State College (KASU) centre, the place the examination occurred on time with no hitch.
One of many candidates, Abdullahi Abdulrasheed applauded JAMB and KASU for the graceful conduct of the examination, including that he was optimistic of getting as much as 200 factors.