By Festus Ahon
Ugheli – EXAMINATION for employment into Delta State Civil Service was, yesterday, disrupted by aggrieved applicants from Ughelli North Local Government Area who were deniedÂ participation, following acute shortage of question papers.
Our correspondent who visited the three centers in the areaÂ reports that only 1.650 question papers were available for over 5000 applicants at the Government College, Ughelli Center of the examination. The other centers in the area were St. Theresaâ€™s Grammar School and Afiesere Grammar School.
Sunday Vanguard learnt that commotion broke out when it became evident that a larger proportion of the applicants would not participate in the examination due to insufficiency of the question papers.
According to one of the aggrieved applicants who spoke on condition of anonymity, some applicants were given question papers while others were not, adding that thoseÂ who were not given rushed into the hall to collect question papers from those who were writing.
Some of the lucky applicants who managed to escape with their question papers were however seen writing under trees and on top of cars in the school.
Speaking to newsmen moments after the commotion was put under control by men and officers of the Ughelli Police â€œAâ€ Division, co-ordinator of the examination in the area, Obuke, C.O., explained that 5,300 question papers were available for the applicants in the area with each of the centers getting 1,650 question papers.Â Â Â
She expressed shock at the large turn out of applicants at the Government College, Ughelli Centre and condemned the manner in which the applicants rushed into the hall when they had not been properly screened.
Obuke said, â€œThe chiefÂ inspector ofÂ education in the local government Area and I screened the applicants at St. Theresa Grammar School and Afiesere Grammar School. When you tender your teller, you are allowed to write the examinationâ€.
She assured that more question papers would be broughtÂ to the centre to ensure that all applicants sitÂ for the examination.