By Martin Paul in Abuja
Parents and guardians of candidates affected by system failure yesterday at some Computer Based Test (CBT) centres in Abuja, have thumb-up the Joint Admissions and Matriculation Board (JAMB) for the quick response to relocate candidates to functional centres.
Some of the parents, who spoke with Metroatchonline, wished that every government functionaries could act in same vein the JAMB acted, adding the board did not disappoint at all.
Metrowatchonline, which monitored the conduct of the examination yesterday in Abuja, noted that candidates, who initially were billed to sit for the examination at Solid Model Secondary School, Maitama, were transferred to Digital Bridge Institute to write the examination by 3.00pm.
A parent, Engineer Adetoro Joaquin, said his son, David, could not sit for the examination on Thursday at the designated centre because of technical problems.
“They told us there was a system failure when we confronted the JAMB officials, they assured us that by 7.00pm, the candidates would be given a new centre and that is what they did. I think JAMB has not disappointed us and even the candidates because they kept and fulfil the promise”, he said.
Joaquin added that the scenario, that is the Digital Bridge Institute, where the son, a potential student of Ahmadu Bello University, Zaria, was conducive enough for the conduct of the examination.
“The serene is quiet, nobody is allowed to go inside and so, nobody could abet the examination. I am glad there is a difference here compare to the former centre”, he said Joaquin advised the Board to improve on technical and manpower areas, adding that though men of the civil defence have kept space with issue of security, there was the need for effective manpower development.
Another parent, Dr. Saliu Aminu, a retired civil servant turned politician, said his son, Abass, a student of Government Science Technical College, Abuja, was transferred from Model Secondary School to sit for the examination at Digital Bridge Institute as a result of system failure.
“I must commend JAMB for the quick response. When we confronted that children could not write the examination at Model Secondary School, Maitama, they assured us that by 7pm, we would receive alert for the new centre for the next day. That is exactly what they did, e received the alert and we are here today and our children are writing the examination”, he said.
Another parent, Alhaji Mohammed Sani, said he was surprised that JAMB could keep to the promise of relocating candidates within hours and irt came to pass.
“This is the type of government we want in this country, say and do it the right way and every other thing would be accomplished”, Sani an businessman said, adding that he was pitted, but now satisfied that the examination had come to pass.