Since the commencement of the on-going 2016 Unified Tertiary Matriculation Examination (UTME) on Saturday, the Joint Admissions and Matriculation Board (JAMB) has released results of over 200,000 candidates who had written the examination.
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This was brought to light by the Registrar/Chief Executive Officer of JAMB, Prof. Dibu Ojerinde, on Tuesday during the monitoring of the exercise in Abuja and its environs.
The Registrar said that over 200,000 candidates’ results had been released since the examination commenced on Saturday, just as the Minister of Education, Mallam Adamu Adamu, expressed concern over the plight and difficulties faced by non-computer literate students sitting for the examination.
The minister expressed his dissatisfaction with the conduct of the Computer Based Test (CBT) mode of the examination.
He said: “I seem to be very comfortable and happy with what they are doing. But my question has not been answered; that there may be people who are not computer literate, so, what do you do with them. I do not have reservation about CBT but I have sympathy for those who are not computer literate and there are many of them.”
Notwithstanding the minister’s reservation, Ojerinde urged candidates who had sat for the examination to visit the JAMB’s website and check their respective results.
He said: “More than one million, eight hundred and fifty thousand candidates applied to take the examination nationwide in 2016.
“The figures however recorded a slight increase of 113,673 candidates who applied for the examination in 2015.”
Meanwhile, some candidates, aside the lateness in starting the examination, expressed their displeasure with the English Language paper as answers to some of the questions were not made available.
When contacted, the Public Relations Officer, JAMB, Dr. Fabian Benjamin, said the portion in question is the comprehension part whereby they have to fill in the gaps.
He said “You know these students are in a hurry to finish and most of them don’t take their time to go through the questions. Even some candidates in one of the centers I visited pointed out that to me and I had to explain to them that in comprehension, you have to fill in the gaps. I can assure you that JAMB didn’t make any mistake when setting the questions.”