JAMB: 160,617 candidates take practice exams at 777 centers nationwide – spokesperson



JAMB: 160,617 candidates take practice exams at 777 centers nationwide – spokesperson

By Funmilayo Adeyemi

A total of 160,617 candidates took mock exams organized by the Joint Admissions and Matriculation Board (JAMB) at its 777 computer centers across the country., according to the council’s public relations manager, Dr Fabian Benjamin.

Benjamin, who spoke to reporters by phone, however, expressed his sadness over a fire at one of Abuja’s CBT centers, saying measures had been put in place to contain the situation.

“We have over 160,000 candidates taking these mock exams at all of our CBT centers. We have received reports of complaints about the capacity and stability of staff in one or two centers.

As in Abuja, there is a center, Dominion International School, Jabi, which caught fire during the exams but everything was brought under control.

“The exams are going well and with what we have now it shows that we are ready for the main exams coming up on June 19th,” he said.

Meanwhile, candidates continued to express satisfaction with the conduct of the 2021 mock exam by JAMB .

Some of the candidates who spoke to reporters in Abuja on Thursday said the exam was a guide to prepare them for the upcoming UTME on June 19.

Global Distance Learning Institute candidate Fahd Isah said there had been no technical issues at the center due to the availability of JAMB technical officers in the field.

“The exams went well, it gives me an overview of the progress of the main exams. The practice exams gave us guidelines on what to look out for in the main exams.

“But our main concern is for the jury to help the candidates by providing them with pen and paper to solve math problems and other math-related matters.

“It will ease the stress of having to guess at exams without having to solve problems,” he said.

Miss Adelinah Etete, also congratulated the jury and the center for the conduct of the exams, while calling for a replication during the main exams.

She said she was impressed with the exam results as it would give them other opportunities to study further.

In the same vein, Miss Rejoice Issac, lamented that although the questions were difficult, it helped prepare candidates to read more for the main exams.

Isaac also said there were no technical issues as everything went well as planned for an exam.

“Although the exams were a bit tough, they are good because they will allow us to go back and read areas where we are still behind in our subjects.

“We didn’t have any problems with the internet connection or power outages and the computers used were all working fine,” she said.

Then taking the floor, the technical manager of JAMB, Ms Oluwaseun Omotosho, congratulated the candidates for their conduct during the exam.

She said 200 candidates were required to take the exam at the Global Distance Learning Center, but only 125 candidates showed up.

Omotosho, who did not explain the reasons why 75 candidates did not show up for the center’s exam, said the center had not encountered any problems before, during or after the exams. (NAA)


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