- Candidates and their parents all over the country have raised an alarm over the stress of registering for the 2017 UTME
- Candidates have described this year’s UTME registartion as very slow, cumbersome and very stressful
- While they continue to lament, JAMB has said about 871,576 candidates have so far been registered for the examination
The registration for the 2017/2018 Unified Tertiary Matriculation Examination (UTME), which began on Monday March 20, has been very hectic for some candidates.
The candidates and their parents have been complaining bitterly about the process which many are finding very challenging.
Following the concerns raised by candidates on difficulty to complete their registration, the House of Representatives called for a one-month extension to the April 20 deadline given to candidates to register for the exam.
In response, the registrar of the Joint Admissions and Matriculation Board (JAMB), Professor Is-haq Oloyede, said about 871,576 candidates have so far been registered for the 2017 UTME and there might be no need for an extension of the registration exercise after its expiration.
He said: “About 871, 576 candidates have been registered as at today (Wednesday evening). We are going to 1, 467, 000 candidates. What remain are 595,647 and we still have a whole week."
There are three main stages of the registration.
A candidate goes to a cyber café and creates a profile on the JAMB official website, using an active personal email address.
The candidate goes to a bank and pays for the online form, after which a Personal Identification Number (PIN) is generated and issued to the candidate.
Third and final stage:
The candidate is required to go to a Computer-Based Test (CBT) centre for biometric capture.
The board abolished the use of scratch-cards for this year’s UTME registration, saying these new procedures were introduced to check the activities of fraudsters.
This year’s registration has been described by many candidates as very slow, cumbersome and very stressful, especially the second and third stages.
NAIJ.com has compiled some of the challenges candidates have been experiencing while registering for this year’s UTME are:
1. Candidates go to CBT as early as 5am and often stay there till 11pm.
Candidates queue under the scorching sun for long hours. It takes as much as four days for some to pay for and obtain a PIN at the bank as the queues extend from banking halls to adjourning streets.
2. Gross inadequacy of CBT centers in most states
There are not enough CBT centres in some states as some LGAs do not have them, the few that have are overcrowded. Some candidates are forced to travel to other towns for the registration exercise.
3. Slow speed of internet services at CBT centers
Some of the candidates have complained of slow speed of internet services at CBT centers.
4. Low-level computer literacy
Some of the candidates have little or no knowledge about how to use a computer. Many candidates are not computer or CBT-literate. This is the major reason JAMB adopted an 8-key device which will eliminate the challenge of computer literacy as well as phobia for the use of mouse by some candidates.
While candidates continue to encounter more difficulties in their bids to register for the 2017 UTME, banks and JAMB have continued to trade blames. The board said the banks are responsible for the delays while the banks are said JAMB is to blame because it is solely responsible for generating PINs.
Meanwhile, candidates have called on the board to approve more CBT centers across the country to enable eligible candidates complete their registration within the stipulated period.
They also urged JAMB to extend the period for the registration.
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