JAMB cancels centres, relocates candidates


Lagos—The Joint Admissions and Matriculation Board, JAMB, yesterday cancelled two centres in the ongoing matriculation examination following complaints of poor facilities provided by the centres’ administrators in Lagos. Dr Beatrice Okorie, the Coordinator, National Headquarters Annex of the board in Lagos, disclosed this in an interview in Lagos. Okorie, who is coordinating the Yaba College of Technology’s Computer Based Test (CBT) examination centre, said candidates at the two centres had been relocated to another centre nearby. She named the affected centres as Huntview Technology Limited, No. 4, Ayanboye St., Anthony village and the New Ocean Comprehensive High School, Megida, Ayobo area, Lagos. She advised candidates in the affected centres, who were yet to sit for their examinations, to report immediately to the alternative centres provided for the examination. “We have relocated candidates from the Huntview Technology Limited, at no. 4, Ayanboye st. Anthony, Lagos to Jkk building, ETC Nigeria Limited, 229, Ikorodu road, Ilupeju. “Also, all candidates initially posted to the New Ocean Comprehensive High School, Megida, Ayobo, were relocated to Island Computers College, 99, Meiran road, Otapo Bus-stop, Meiran, Lagos. “We appeal to all candidates posted to these centres to relocate to the new centres immediately. “We have stationed officers of the Nigerian Civil Defence Corps at the cancelled centre to direct candidates to the new centres”, she said. Okorie explained that the generator at New Ocean Comprehensive High School got burnt during the first paper on Feb. 27 and destroyed some computers and cables. “We managed it for that day but we cannot continue because we do not want any candidate to suffer or miss the examination on account of the incident. “Many computers are not functioning properly at the Huntview Technology Limited”, she said. The coordinator explained that prior to the examination, she had held meeting with all the CBT centre administrators in Lagos on Feb. 19, and pleaded with them to put their facilities in proper shape. She warned that any centre with faulty router would not be able to access the questions from the JAMB server. Okorie noted that the affected centres would not be paid because they breached the agreement. “The sanction for any centre that failed to meet the requirements is that it will forfeit agreed payment. We pay the centres after the examination”, she further explained. JAMB: Answers not in the  options – Candidates Meantime, some candidates of the on-going Unified Tertiary Matriculation Examination, UTME, said aside the lateness in starting the examination, a bigger challenge was with the English Language paper as answers to some of the questions were not made available. Speaking to Vanguard, Miss Basirat Jerah, whose examination center was at the Yaba College of Technology, said “the examination scheduled to commerce at 6:30am started by 8:45am as a result of server failure, but the surprising aspect was that some of the questions on English Language were wrong as the answers were not in the options given. Only God knows what would become our fate as we pray JAMB officials would consider this when marking and grading us.” Collaborating Jerah’s claims is Miss Precious Ogunlele who also wrote the exam at Yaba College of Technology, who said “Questions 11-20 of English Language were incorrect as the answers were not on the options. We only pray and hope this would be taken into consideration so as not to negatively affect our scores.” When contacted, the Public Relations Officer, JAMB, Dr. Fabian Benjamin, said the portion in question is the comprehension part whereby they have to fill in the gaps. He said “You know these students are in a hurry to finish and most of them don’t take their time to go through the questions. Even some candidates in one of the centers I visited pointed out that to me and I had to explain to them that in comprehension, you have to fill in the gaps. I can assure you that JAMB didn’t make any mistake when setting the questions.”


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