By Dayo Adesulu
The Joint Admission and Matriculation Board ( (UTME), for the first time held yesterday its joint examination for students seeking admissions into universities, monotechnics, polytechnics and colleges of education in Nigeria under United Tertiary Matriculation Examination, UTME.
Monitoring the examination in some centres at Ikoyi, it was discovered that about a quarter of the total students who registered for the examination had the problem of double electronics registration number which resulted into students quarrelling over seats and examination numbers
According to Mr Ayotunde Ajayi, Chief Examiner at Akinde Dahunsi Memorial High School, Ilado and Dahunsi Senior High School, he had the problem of same number given to two different candidates. He added that if not rectified such students will have problem when they want to check their results. “To proffer solution to it, we encouraged the affected students to maintain their given numbers,” he said
It was the same situation at Aunty Ayo Grammar School centre where Mr Segun Ariba, the supervisor, said, “I contended with about forty candidates having problems of registration slips as they were given different passports and names.” On enquiry from some affected students, he discovered that the students who had the double electronics registration were those that registered from their JAMB coaching classes. Segun said that one of the students who confided in him said she gave forty thousand naira to her coaching teacher to assist in registering her online.
Segun however faulted UTME on allotting unregistered subjects to candidates who requested for different subjects. To correct it, he said that UTME has provided extra subject questions to the affected candidates and also a master register to cross check and correct anomalies.
UTME candidates however have been assured by JAMB that the entire results of a centre will not be cancelled because of the offence of few who misbehaved, adding that, individual, will be punished accordingly.