‘JAMB should set side greed, consider candidates’ plight’

Affected candidates protesting the outcome of this year’s JAMB examination at the Lagos State House of Assembly Alausa Ikeja recently

Affected candidates protesting the outcome of this year’s JAMB examination at the Lagos State House of Assembly Alausa Ikeja recently

Adenike Akanji sat for the examination this year. She and her mother have not had the best of experiences so far because it has been from one problem to the other. Akanji was among the candidates that protested this year’s JAMB results in Lagos. According to her, she got the form early enough and registered on time, but she was taken to Ijebu-Igbo to write the exam.

“The computer kept going off and this was despite the fact that we didn’t start on time. Before I could finish answering the questions, my allocated time was up,” she said.

Akanji was among the candidates that wrote the examination on February 29. Candidates that wrote on February 27 and 29 were given 40 extra marks and despite this show of ‘benevolence’ from JAMB, she scored 194, a score she believes did not reflect the true situation. Unfortunately, not everyone was lucky enough to get the extra 40 marks. Speaking further to The Guardian, she said she checked her result online and the first result she got showed she scored 234 but the next time she checked, 194 what was reflected.

Her mother, Abosede Akanji, claims they have written two letters to JAMB board to correct this injustice. She believes that her daughter did better than what JAMB is claiming presently and she couldn’t allow her daughter waste another year sitting at home. She lamented that the same problem happened last year and now JAMB was trying to frustrate her daughter into wasting another year by cheating her. She called on JAMB to come to her aid and resolve this unfortunate situation.

Steven and Emmanuel (surnames withheld) are students of an Academy situated in Surulere, Lagos. “Nobody has ever come here and scored less than 200 in JAMB,” they laughingly tell The Guardian. They claim that they are ‘aided’ adequately by the proprietor and nobody fails exams there. Steven said he scored 202, while Emmanuel scored 209 (both had 40 marks added by JAMB). They wrote their exams at a private school in Surulere and both agreed that the exam was awash with irregularities. The exam, they claim, was slated for 3.00pm, but did not start until 7.00 pm that night. The problems did not end there as the system shut down over 10 times before the end of the exam, but they insist that they were averagely satisfied with the results and wouldn’t contest the results. They are now studying for the post UTME examinations and say they want to focus on that and do well instead of ‘dragging’ results with JAMB.

Mr Katchy Anoruo is the proprietor of Success Mandate Academy, a tutorial centre based in Lagos. He bitterly berates JAMB, accusing them of incompetence, greed and gross negligence. Speaking to The Guardian, he said: “We experienced a lot of issues in the last JAMB exam, such as multiple results per candidate, some of the candidates were shortchanged time wise and so on. Some of my students wrote the exam under one hour. In some centres, the exam was slated for 3.00 pm and did not start until 8.00 pm in the night. There were a lot of irregularities and this has marred the admission chances of a lot of our students. The irregularities this year was totally appalling and unacceptable. I don’t believe JAMB, but I wouldn’t say that this year’s results should be cancelled because that would not solve the glaring problem that is ravaging the system presently. I can boldly tell you that before the results came out officially, some candidates had seen their results and I believe that this was as a result of connivance between some JAMB officials and some tutorial centre owners.”

Speaking further, he said: “JAMB needs to thoroughly investigate the glaring irregularities and if there is a need to reassess the affected candidates, they should do so. The timing of the exam is very wrong. In the past, JAMB was written during the WAEC exams in May. Now, they start selling the forms from October, when the candidates that sat for the last exam have not even gotten admission, the candidates were not given time to prepare as the exams took place in February. This is not acceptable and we cannot continue like this. We wonder why there is mass failure recorded at this exam for some time, this is a great contributing factor. I am just befuddled that JAMB exam is rife with so much irregularities despite the huge resources expended.”

“So many students that wrote JAMB last year are yet to gain admission despite good results. Where is Dibu Ojerinde running to? We have implored that JAMB should take place immediately after WAEC. A lot of candidates bought the form, but couldn’t register and some that were lucky enough to register were taken to other far away centres. While struggling to register some candidates, we suddenly heard that JAMB had closed its registration portal. Can’t we organise simple examinations in a transparent manner that wouldn’t leave Nigerians in much agony? Why is the Dibu-led JAMB contracting the business of registration to all kinds of private bodies? This is the manner in which irregularities set in. Why can’t the candidates register themselves? We are calling on JAMB to put things aright and keep aside their selfish greed in the interest of these students.”

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