By Martin Paul in Abuja
The Joint Admissions and Matriculation Board (JAMB) new rules in the conduct of its Unified Tertiary articulation Examination (UTME), have swept examination malpractice under the carpets.
The 2019 series of the examinations conducted throughout the country today, showed little or no irregularities often associated with examinations.
METROWATCH Online, which monitored the examination in some centres in Abuja, reported that it was all calm even as security personnel conducted themselves in respectable manners.
Parents and mercenaries, who in the past, besieged centres to aid their wards and clients, were kept several metres away from the examination halls, just as the computers were reportedly functioning, except a few, throughout the period of the examinations.
METROWATCH Online observed that that Global Distance Learning, one of the Computer Based Test (CBT) centres located in the heart of Central Business District, Abuja, the atmosphere was calm as security personnel would not allow any person without authorised mission to pass through the gate.
Similarly at Sacon International Secondary School, candidates who reported at stipulated time had their biometric properly captured without challenges.
At Digital Bridge Institute, Jabi, the second batch of the examination was ongoing at the time Metrowatchonline visited the centre.
Centre Administrator, Abdullahi Sani, told newsmen that 250 candidates were designed to write the examination, in each of the three sets, bringing the total to 750 candidates for the first day of the examination.
He disclosed that at the time of the visit, every candidate was captured in the biometric machine, except one, who after completing his examinations, could not log out.
“We are in the second session of the examination, the third session would start by 1.30 pm and so far, there is no serious challenge or negative tendencies.
“The only candidate, who had successfully captured at the beginning, but could not log-out after her exams, would be referred to JAMB headquarters for clarifications”, Sani said.
Centre Supervisor, who is JAMB ad-hoc staff, Mr Chidieber Ukeje, confirmed that only one candidate’s biometric could not be captured and assured that reference would be made to JAMB for considerations.
The affected candidate, Miss Nedochianya Okoli, expressed surprise that she was properly captured before the examination and wondered why the bio data machine rejected her logging-out.
She prayed the JAMB management to look into her case with a view to considering her plight since it was no fault of hers.
Some of the candidates, who spoke with Metrowatchonline, affirmed that the 2019 UTME was a difference from what they had been hearing.
Master Adbulateef Jimoh, a potential architect, said his examination papers of English Language, Physics, Chemistry and Mathematics were simple and expressed the hope of passing the examination.
Abdul, who chose Ahmadu Bello University, (ABU) Zaria as first choice institution, added: “I had no fear of the examination, I hope to make because it is hitch-free without any element of malpractice or violence”.
Aisha Mohammed Garba, a first timer, who would not give details about herself, said the examinations were simple and prayed for success.
Miss Catherine Okereke said much of what she prepared for, were set in the examinations, adding that she was already computer literate to conquer the fears of the CBT.
Another hopeful candidate, Veronica Ikpechi, said: The examinations are not hard, not fearful as expected. Although some questions were tricky, I enjoyed the examinations”.