Some prospective 2017 Joint Admission and Matriculations Board (JAMB) Unified Tertiary Matriculation Examination candidates in Anambra have decried the registration process, saying it is complex and time consuming.
A News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) Correspondent, who monitored the registration process in Awka, reports that there were long queues of students at the various centres, including the JAMB office.
Some of the students told NAN that they had been on the registration process for three to four days but had not been able to complete it.
An applicant, Celestine Agumba, said he started registration process with the creation of his personal profile on March 23 but had yet to get his materials, including e-pin and reading text by Thursday.
‘’I have spent up to N7,000 on the registration apart from transportation and feeding due to the new procedure.
“I started registration for this examination since Wednesday last week and I am hoping today will be my last.
“When I came, they said I should create a profile with a new e-mail the cafe’ people collected N800 from me and I went to bank to generate RRR with N700 before I now went to pay N5, 500 for the form.
“I don’t know when this method started because it was not like this last year, I am tired because I am spending so much money and time on this,” he said.
A parent, Mrs Eunice Aladi, said she had to accompany her 15-year-old daughter after she was unable to complete the process on two occasions.
Aladi called on JAMB to ease the stress of students by creating more registration centres and working with more banks with dedicated desk to attend to the thousands of prospective candidates in the state.
“I came to see the whole thing myself because when my daughter was demanding more money than she was supposed to we became surprised.
“Here you pay money for every step of the process, between the business centre, the bank and the registration centres,’’ she said.
NAN reports that apart from JAMB approved centres for registration, private centres have sprung up with signs telling the students to patronise them for faster registration.
But Mrs Linda Ajanwachukwu, the Coordinator of Awka JAMB office, blamed the delay on the initial rush by the students to get registered.
Ajanwachukwu said the amount for the form remained N5, 500 and warned students and parents not to be fleeced because of unnecessary anxiety.
She said there were 28 registration centres in Anambra comprising the 27 CBT centres and JAMB office.
Ajanwachukwu said there were enough to take care of all prospective candidates before the closing date of April 19.
She said creation of profile and e-mail address was easy that anybody could do it on his or her phone and it was important because it would now serve as reference centre to the students for all academic record.
“We are warning the students not to fall prey to illegal centre operators, they should go to any CBT centre or come to JAMB office to be registered.
‘’We have enough materials to take care of everybody and if we run short we place order for supply.
“That is what happened when even parents were calling us in September last year that registration was on.
‘’And after telling that sales had not started some of them still fell victims, so parents should also help the situation and protect their children from fraudsters.’’