The Joint Admissions and Matriculation Board
(JAMB) commenced the 2018 Unified Tertiary Matriculation
Examinations (UTME) on the 9th of March. Many candidates
have testified that their examinations were good and hitch-free.
However, some complaints, prominent among which were
poor network connection and software issues, as well as,
unfamiliarity with computer by some candidates were made.
Most of these happened as parents and guardians repeated
their calls for the licensing of more Computer-Based Test (CBT)
According to media reports, many centres in Lagos State were
well coordinated. Nevertheless, the connectivity challenge and
power failure, which were recorded in last year’s examination
still repeated themselves, though on a low scale.
Some parents, who went with their children to the centres
admitted that there was a great improvement in the exercise,
when compared with previous editions.
For instance, many
centres started on time and the general atmosphere was
orderly and the conduct peaceful.
However, there were centres where some candidates
complained that their computer sets, were tripping off, thereby
affecting the pace of their examination.
The JAMB Registrar, Prof Ishaq Oloyede, had earlier warned
parents to steer clear of examination centres. But a few parents
stated that they had to wait for their wards because of the
unnecessary charges. In some centres, candidates are being
charged as high as N500 for officials to take care of their
belongings outside the exam hall.