JAMB computer-based faces major hitches Network
Network failure and several other issues frustrated the take off this year’s Joint Admissions and Matriculation Board, (JAM) across various centres yesterday.
In what proved that JAMB was ill-prepared for examination, many centres allegedly started late for several reasons beyond their control.
Sources said many centres started more than two hours behind schedule in Lagos and several other states due server breakdown’
The candidates it was also had to contend with intermitted network failures even when the examination had begun.
Some of the candidates who volunteered to talk on condition of anonymity lambasted JAMB for failure to live up to expectation.
One of the male candidates said he was at his centre as early as 6am as he was supposed to start his exam at 7am but could not do so until 11.30am.
“This was after we had shouted at JAMB officials who were still bringing computers into the hall as at 9am”he added.
The JAMB officials approached told our reporter that hitches were expected but promised that by next Saturday all the issues raised would have been addressed.
“ Today, we expected little challenges; that’s why only two sets were writing. By next week, all the hitches will have been settled and we will have three sets writing. These include the first batch of 7am, second batch, 11 am and the last one that will be by 1:30 pm. Today, only two batches wrote the exam”.
Asked how many candidates were inside the examination hall, he replied: “Why are you concerned about the number of candidates?“For the delay, it is normal because today is the beginning of JAMB. “
For candidates who claimed JAMB posted them to far away states, JAMB spokesperson, Dr Fabian Benjamin, said “every candidate chose the town of examination, while JAMB chose the examination centre. JAMB did not choose examination town for any candidate, each candidate made the choice. What we did was to choose the examination centre,” he explained.