The Joint Admissions Matriculation Board (JAMB) says more
than 10,000 candidates caught for examination malpractices
in the on-going UTME in Anambra have been handed over to
Mrs Lynda Nwachukwu, the Coordinator of the board in
Anambra, disclosed this in Awka on Saturday.
The computer-based testing (CBT) mode 2017 UTME, which
started on May 13 in 642 centres nationwide, ended on May
Nwachukwu said that the examination, which took place in 28
centres in the state, was successful.
“There was no disruption of the exercise in any of the
examination centres,’’ she said.
The coordinator said that the candidates adhered strictly to
the requirements of the examination, adding that JAMB
provided all the materials required for the examination.
However, some parents complained of system failure in some
CBT centres in the state.
Mrs Eucharia Okonkwo, a parent, said her daughter, who
wrote the examination at the St Mary’s High School Ifite-Dunu
centre, could not complete the examination due to the faulty
computer and network failure at the centre.
According to her daughter, many candidates could not
complete the questions in record time because of the faulty
Okonkwo advised JAMB to plan well for examination in
subsequent years to avoid the technical hitches that could
give the candidates psychological trauma.
Dr. Mose Mojekeh, Head, Department of Marketing at the
Chukwuemeka Odumegwu Ojukwu University,said on a
telephone, that such system failure in UTME was not
According to him, the hiccups could potentially deny young
people from Anambra State, university admission.
Mojekeh advised JAMB to urgently collate the number of
candidates affected and set another examination for them.
He also decried the practice whereby JAMB sends officials
from one state to supervise examinations in another state.
“Experience has shown that such officials do not care much
about the candidates when problems arise, as they leave them
to their fate,’’ the lecturer said.
He called on the management of schools, whose candidates
experienced the computer failure, to take their complaints to
the State Ministry of Education to present their cases.
JAMB concluded its CBT on May 20.