JAMB: Parents protest community failure as UTME 2020 begins

From Frank Ikpefan, Abuja

The 2020 Unified Tertiary Matriculation Examination (UTME) on Saturday commenced nationwide with a combined response from each candidates and oldsters.

Over 1.9m candidates are sitting for the examination in over 600 computer-based check centres  (CBT) throughout the nation. Our reporter, who monitored the examination in some centres, noticed that some candidates who wrote the examination had completely different experiences.

At the Ade-Ola International School CBT Centre, Kubwa, our reporter noticed that oldsters protested on the faculty gates due to the failure of the digital non-public community (VPN).

Some candidates scheduled to write down the examination at 7am couldn’t write till after 1pm due to community problem.

The mother and father, who have been agitated in regards to the problem, struggled on the gate to hunt rationalization from the college authorities. When our reporter visited the centre at about midday, some JAMB officers had arrived and have been reportedly engaged on the techniques.

One of the mother and father, who drove to the centre as early as 6am, informed our reporter that the candidates have been each famished and exhausted, having sat within the corridor for hours with out doing something.

A mum or dad, recognized solely as Mr. Okodili, mentioned: “I drove with my son from the Lokogoma area and we got to the place 6.30am.

Nothing has started yet as of this 2pm. Parents are protesting and we have called in for JAMB officials to come and intervene.”

A candidate, Blessing (surname withheld), mentioned a few of the candidates have been being hurried and couldn’t use their two hours for the examination.

Parents saved on protesting on the gates as of 2pm when our correspondent left, as new candidates continued to reach on the centre.

“We have been kept here for hours. The systems have not been working. We fear for these candidates because some of them are tired already, mentally disturbed and famished. The board should look into the inadequacies,” a mum or dad, who gave his title as Alli, mentioned.

At the Global Distance Learning CBT centre, Central Area, and the Maitama Model School centre, additionally monitored by our reporter, the UTME train went nicely and there have been no community points.

Also on the Sascon International School, Maitama Abuja CBT centre, the examination went on easily with no community points.

The examination stared as scheduled by the Joint Admissions and Matriculation Board. Those who got 7am schedule began lining up for biometric capturing earlier than the time.

There was no incident when our reporter visited the centre. JAMB officers took their time to make sure that all candidates have been accommodated for the examination

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