- Candidates have been complaining bitterly about the stress associated with registration
- Some applicants in Maiduguri were spotted struggling to register for 2017 UTME in the night
- The applicants blocked the highway until they were dispersed by the police
Candidates have been finding it hard to register for the 2017 Unified Tertiary Matriculation Examination (UTME) and have been lamenting about the stress.
The Joint Admissions and Matriculation Board (JAMB) abolished the use of scratch and introduced new procedures this year which candidates have described as very slow, cumbersome and very stressful.
Some applicants in Maiduguri, the Borno state capital were seen protesting at night due to the rigorous process.
Abubakar Terab who shared the video on Facebook wrote: “I just saw angry JAMB applicants in Maiduguri carrying out civil disobedience at Nasara computers, one of the only four (4) registration centers in the city. They even blocked the highway in front of the center until they were dispersed by the police. They were protesting because the officials of the center were getting people who were not in the queue registered.
But the main problem is that, the only four (4) centers are not enough for applicants in Maiduguri, as they spend days in centers before getting registered.
It is high time the Borno state government intervened. It's unfortunate that, time meant for studying in preparation for JAMB and other final year exams is now being spent in registration centers."
Registering for UTME used to be a walk in the park but this year. You walk into a cyber café in in less than two hours you are done but this year some people have been trying to register for days and have not been successful.
Some Nigerians have also condemned this new rigorous process introduced by JAMB.
Candidates leave their homes as early as 5am to go and queue and the queues sometimes extend from banking halls to adjourning streets. For some, it takes as much as four days to pay for and obtain a PIN at the bank.
Many have called for an extension of the registration which began on March 20 and will end on April 20.
However, the registrar of 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.
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