Some aggrieved parents of the candidates who sat for the on-going Unified Tertiary Matriculation Examination, UTME, conducted by the Joint Admissions and Matriculation Board, JAMB are threatening to drag the board to court following lots of complaints that characterized the exercise in the state and the mal-functioning of the technical facilities deployed at some CBT centers which caused candidates to continue the examination, with only 20 minutes left for the submission of the papers.
Investigation by the Newsmen revealed that centers that were hardest hit by loads of technical deficiencies which led to last minutes changing of examination centers and cancellation of others, include: The Dialogue Computer Institute, AL-Qalam, Barda International School and Umaru Musa Yar’Adua University all within the Katsina metropolis
At AL-Qalam University there were cases of mal- functioning of the cyber system thereby causing most candidates to wait for hours before the situation could be rectified and writing their papers only with 20 minutes remaining for submission
At Barda international school, the system kept fluctuating in the examination hall, as candidates were held up until the systems get restored eventually, but the remaining time according to them was insufficient for them to write anything meaningful.
A visibly angry parent who accompanied her daughter to the center and who doesn’t want to be named ,said she was afraid her daughter may not pass the examination as she wasn’t given sufficient time to write the paper due to the failure of the server
She said’’ we may have to find a way to force JAMB to repeat this exercise, even if it involves going to court, because it’s no fault of ours that the equipments weren’t functioning’’
Another parent who simply identified himself as Alhaji Mohammed whose ward wrote at the Barda International school, said that he a had already lodged a complaint with the state zonal coordinator
When contacted through the telephone for her reaction to these complaints from the parents and candidates, the state Coordinator for JAMB, Hajara Tambari, admitted experiencing technical hitches at the early stages of the examination in some centers, especially system failure which delayed the examination particularly in Al-Qalam University center on Friday March 8th
She said’’ we are making sure things run smoothly and ensure a hitch free examination, yes we had technical challenges but they are being addressed’’