By Martin Paul in Abuja
The Joint Admissions and Matriculation Board (JAMB) has appealed to candidates currently sitting for the 2019 Unified Tertiary Matriculation Examination (UTME) not to panic as adequate arrangements have been made to forestall future system failures in any Computer Based Test (CBT) centres across the country.
The Board was reacting to a report that the last batch of candidates, for the day, scheduled to sit for the examination at Government Secondary School, Karu in Abuja, were affected by system failure and they were subjected to waiting up to 11 pm yesterday.
Report also had it that similar thing happened at one of the centres in Maitama, also in the Federal Capital Territory (FCT),where candidates were asked to go back and print their documents, it could not be ascertained what transpired in other states as at the time of this report.
JAMB’s Head, Information and Public Relations, Dr. Fabian Benjamin, told newsmen that although the Board had certified centres before the commencement of the examination, additional efforts were being made to ensure that every equipment was functional.
In respect of the Government Secondary School, Karu, he said the candidates were re-distributed to other centres to write their examinations, adding that the effort wasted was regrettable.
“Those things are equipment and could develop problems even overnight. Recall that before now, some centres, including the University of Benin, were cancelled as centre for the UTME, so if these problems could arise there, it is obvious that it happened after the board had concluded arrangements”, Benjamin said.
He likened system failure to a vehicle, which after due maintenance, took-off for a journey, but failed to reach its destination because of system failure, noting that even a human being could fall ill the hours after he or she had left home for work.
“Our appeal is that candidates, parents and even the civil society should be calm, while we continue to do everything possible within our reach to ensure a perfect situation. The Registrar of JAMB, Professor Is-haq Oloyede, is very humane to candidates’ plight and would not want to see them face the kind of problems associated with the conduct of examinations in the country”, Benjamin added.