Recently, the Joint Admission And Matriculation Board (JAMB) announced the kick-off of the registration exercise for the Unified Tertiary Matriculation Examinations (UTME) for 2017/2018 academic session. The registration which commenced on the 20th of March is expected to end on the 22nd of April 2017.
The exercise has however been faced with challenges that were not recorded in previous registration exercises.
Some candidates at a registration centre in Abuja expressed their displeasure at some of the challenges which include limited registration centres, and distance of available registration centres from their residences, and difficulty in getting their PIN.
“We came yesterday. We came very early in the morning, but left around 4pm. And some who came at the same time as us couldn’t even register.”
A female candidate told correspondent.
“On Monday, they complained that there is no network. Everyday they complain that there is no network, that the problem is from JAMB headquarters.”
A male candidate said.
The candidates called for more registration centres, or at least more of JAMB’s partnership with private businesses to better serve the needs of the large number of candidates seeking to sit for their exam.
A civil servant, Mr Daniel Yinka was of the view that JAMB should revert to the old method of registration. He explained that giving the candidates the opportunity to register wherever they are rather than forcing them to go and queue up in select centers will make the exercise less cumbersome and less stressful for the candidates.
The head of information at JAMB, Mr Fabian Benjamin when contacted explained that the board has put measures in place to expedite the process. He also pointed out that anxiety and early rush by candidate were responsible for some of the hitches currently being encountered in the registration exercise.
Well, anxiety and early rush will always be witnessed in the registration exercise, so JAMB should start thinking of tackling the hitches they bring along.