JAMB: UTME examination kicks off

The Unified Tertiary Matriculation Examination conducted by the Joint Admissions and Matriculation Board (JAMB) for admission seekers into tertiary institutions kicked off nationwide yesterday with different experiences by candidates, their parents and guardians, who thronged the examination centers. 

While some candidates were lucky to be posted to centers where things worked relatively well, others had tales of disappointments and frustration to tell.

At the Global Distance Learning Institute, opposite the Federal Ministry of Finance, Central Business District, Abuja, candidates who came out very early to write the first set of the examination, scheduled to start at eight o’ clock in the morning were disappointed, as they could not start at the scheduled time, even as they were all quietly seated ready for the exercise. 

In an interview with newsmen, an invigilator at the center, who gave his name as Rilwanu, explained that the time was shifted by an hour but he, however, did not state the reason for the shift.

According to the invigilator, the delay was not due to technical hitches but the need to wait for instructions from JAMB, so that the time would be in tandem with other centers. 

One of the monitors at the center, Abdulrahman Balogun, said he has been to several centers such as Jikwoyi, Karu and Distance Learning Institute, saying it was a success story.