JAMB UTME: System Failure Disrupts Exams At Kaduna Centre
Students writing Joint Admission and Matriculation Board (JAMB) Examination/FILE

Ongoing Unified Tertiary Matriculation Examination (UTME) conducted by JAMB was marred by persistent system failure in Danbo International School Kaduna.

Concise News gathered that the exercise in Kaduna on Thursday which was supposed to last for two hours lasted for four hours at the centre.

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750 students wrote the examination at the centre, with the first batch, made up of 250 candidates expected to write from 8:00 a.m. to 10:00 a.m. but could not start until around 9:00 a.m. and finished around 12:00 p.m.

The second batch that was to commence at 10:00 a.m., could not do so until around 12:00 p.m. because of all the computer systems tripped-off few minutes after commencement of the examination due to a power cut.

Some systems were bad and had to be replaced with back up, while others kept going off at different intervals while the students were writing the examination.

Akintola Isaac, one of the candidates, said that his system tripped-off three times, adding that any time it tripped, he started all over again.

He further pleaded with JAMB for another chance to properly write his exams.

Hamza Gambo, another UTME candidate, said “the examination commenced around 9:00 a.m. and shortly after we commenced electricity went off and the all the systems shut down.

“After restoring the power which took about 10 minutes, my system tripped-off and forced me to wait for 20 minutes before it was restored, and I had to start all over again,” she said.

Similarly, Zainab Abdullahi, who wrote the examination for the third time, said her system was not functional and had to wait for about an hour before she was assigned another one.

But on the contrary, Temitope Adebowale said after the initial power cut, the exercise went on smoothly.

When contacted, the JAMB official, who spoke on condition of anonymity, confirmed the system failures.

Meanwhile, the examination went on smoothly at the Kaduna State University (KASU) centre, where the examination took place on time without a hitch.