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09.05.2022 Featured Computers Log Students Out ’40 Minutes Ahead of Schedule’ at Ibadan UTME Centre

Published 9th May, 2022

By Lolade Olu-Ojegbeje

Kitan Makinde, a Unified Tertiary Matriculation Examination (UTME) candidate, has narrated the abnormalities he experienced at Abdul Ocean Wealth CBT Centre, the accredited centre he was assigned to for his exams on May 6 in Ibadan, Oyo State.

Makinde told FIJ that he went to the CBT centre on May 6 but found out that the centre was not prepared to meet the demands of the examination.

He also said the centre’s computers were not working properly and that candidates were logged out before the 120 minutes allocated for the exam elapsed.

“They were disorganised at the start of the exam,” Makinde said.

“When I arrived at the venue, I could not find a chair for my allocated seat. I had to get one outside. The owners of the centre also had to bring in laptops from other places to the centre so we could write the exams with them. Before the exam started, they also took my keyboard from me and gave it to another candidate. I had to use a mouse to select answers.

“Thirty minutes into the exam, the computers were still working slowly. It took me five minutes to answer just a question. Then they reloaded the server, which took another 10 minutes. 40 minutes later, the systems logged all the candidates at the centre out and automatically submitted our exams.”

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Makinde said most candidates were left in tears because they could not submit their answers voluntarily.

“I was only able to finish three papers and could not complete the English Language, my fourth. Some other persons only wrote two subjects, depending on how fast they were,” he said.

“Candidates cried and parents were angry. It became violent because everyone was angry. When the centre addressed us, they blamed the incident on a technical issue. They asked us to write down our registration numbers and that they would call us. But how is that possible when it has been submitted?”

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FIJ made several calls to the Joint Admissions and Matriculations Board (JAMB) but they were not answered. A text message sent to the board had also not been responded to at press time.

Published 9th May, 2022

By Lolade Olu-Ojegbeje


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