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Thursday, 6 April 2017

See How Candidates Suffer in JAMB Registration in Anambra

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Here is the current news update from mynation news as the two-week old registration exercise for the 2017/2018 Unified Tertiary Matriculation Examination (UTME), has seen candidates experience set-back in the registration process due to many issues that the Board failed to address.
Some candidates that wanted to register for the Joint Admissions and Matriculation Board (JAMB) examination recently decried the poor internet services in the JAMB accredited Computer Based Test (CBT) centres and the number of manpower attending to them where the
registration is being done in the state.

Report gathered as the candidates told MYNATION NEWS that since the registration started on March, 20, they had not been able to log into the JAMB’s website.

Narrating her ordeal, Ngozika Agatha said that after each candidate had paid N6,200 for the examination form to the bank and creating an e-mail address and JAMB profile, they were still unable to get a personal identification number (PIN) owing to poor internet services.
“I had been visiting JAMB’s office alongside my friends who had same problem. The staff of the examination body had been telling us to come back” she said.

She appealed to JAMB’s management to find a lasting solution to the internet problem and employ more hands to carry out the registration exercise to enable them register within the scheduled period
Another candidate, Chiamaka Ozonna, said that her experience in the UTME registration process this year had been stressful and tiring. She said that JAMB accredited CBT centres have failed to give a satisfactory services.

“My friends and I have been in the sun and on the queue for hours without achieving anything regarding the registration. The internet connectivity has really caused a problem for us and we just pray that the poor network will be solved in due time,’’ she said.
Still, another candidate, Precious Ani, had this to say: “I have been in Afri-Hub, Nnamdi Azikiwe University, Awka, since morning for my UTME registration and I have not been attended to; this is because they have only two persons attending to us and, as you can see, there are plenty of candidates queuing for the registration exercise.

“They are just telling us that the server is slow and that we should be patient”, she said.
Other candidates who also spoke with MYNATION NEWS expressed their dissatisfaction with the poor internet service and cumbersomeness of the whole process.

They all called for urgent steps to rectify JAMB portals connectivity as well as involving more staff in the exercise to ensure smooth and quick registration for the examination in due course.
Most cyber cafe that previously did the registration exercise are not accredited this time, making the number of thus limiting the students’ access to the service..

When MYNATION NEWS visited cyber cafés like Cisco computers, Campus Café, and De Intact-Maco World Nigeria Ltd; they all stated that they were yet to commence the registration exercise largely because they have not received the password to JAMB’s website.
Reacting, the Principal Administration Officer of JAMB, Anambra State branch, Mrs. Angela Okonkwo, when contacted for clarifications on the poor internet connectivity and the resultant inconvenience to the candidates, disagreed with some of what the candidates said.

Acccording to her, “Everything is moving smoothly and although, there is a large number of candidates on the queue, the management and staff are attending to them. The board has been working effortlessly to restore normalcy.

“Yes, we initially had network connectivity issue at the start of the registration exercise but that has been solved and we are very optimistic that all candidates seeking registration for the 2017/2018 UTME must be registered before the closing date being 19th of April, 2017”, she stated.

When it was brought to her notice that the candidates were clamouring for reversion to the old system of registration, Mrs. Okonkwo has this to say, “The problem with the candidates is that they lack patience. The new system is efficient and reliable. It has helped to eliminate fraud perpetrated by roadside cyber cafés thus, ensuring accountability”.

There were 28 JAMB accredited CBT centres in Anambra state for the 2017/2018 registration exercise, Okonkwo disclosed.

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