Thu 08 Mar 2018
SIR: The creativity and the technological know-how deployed in the last UTME are noteworthy and highly commendable. This no doubt has drastically reduced the examination malpractice to the barest minimum and has raised the status of UTME among the examination bodies.
However, the overzealousness of some CBT centre and ambiguous posture of the examination body may mar the performance of the candidates in this forthcoming examination. The examination should not be “a-war-like-situation”.
What else can one use to describe a situation where no candidate is allowed to bring any writing materials into the examination hall; not even a pencil yet, CBT or JAMB does not provide any.
This happened in some CBT centres in Abuja during the just concluded UTME Mock Exams. Some centres disallowed candidates to bring in just pencil and a sheet of paper to work on while others allowed that. How on earth will somebody writing Mathematics, Physics, Chemistry, Accounting etc. be expected to cope without writing materials?
JAMB needs to be clearer on the items allowed. There was a time when JAMB did give small calculator for UTME. What is bad in providing pencil and white sheet of paper for rough work?
After all, the WAEC that takes two months for their examination with a fee of approximately N13000 gives calculator and other materials. Many things can still be done with the excess money instead of rushing to remit to federal government coffers.
If JAMB can charge as much as N6500 (CBT and JAMB pin fee) for examination that is being conducted within two hours, then WAEC is supposed to charge X15 of this amount. As if this is not enough, any mistake to be corrected after completion of registration gulps N2500 excluding CBT charges. Just to edit your profile. This is too much.
The just concluded Mock Exam was not left out as JAMB instructed CBT centres to collect N700 from each candidate. A CBT centre owner told me JAMB collects a percentage from this. I don’t know how true this is!
For the record, JAMB is not a revenue generating agency. These need to stop. Prof. Ishaq Oloyede needs to understand the nitty-gritty of the happenings at the CBT centres and their coordinating shylocks that have turned the centres to a micro-finance bank and luckily for them, their activities are in no way being monitored even by the highly celebrated registrar.