By TONY EDIKE
ENUGU—TENSION heightened at the University of Nigeria, Nsukka, UNN, yesterday, as the post-UTME screening test which began Monday was cancelled midway by the authorities.
Candidates seeking admission into the Faculties of Biological and Pharmaceutical Sciences had written the test late into Monday night while those for Social Sciences were to write the test yesterday.
They had already seated for the examination when a directive came from the Vice-Chancellor, Prof Bartho Okolo, that they should vacate the hall as the exercise had been suspended.
Although the university’s Public Relations Officer, Mr. Gabriel Ndu, told Vanguard that “the screening test was cancelled due to unforeseen circumstances”, it was gathered that the development followed reports that the question papers for the test were allegedly leaked to some of the students by an unidentified staff of the university.
The candidates who received the news with rude shock, threatened a showdown with the authorities but security operatives calmed the situation.
The angry candidates lamented that the indefinite shifting of the exam would expose them to serious challenges.
According to one of them, “we were already seated for the test when they asked us to go that it would not hold again. From what we heard, they said the questions leaked. Why should such thing be allowed to happen in a university like this?”
Another candidate lamented that the development had exposed most of the candidates to untold hardship as they could not ascertain whether to wait or return to their homes.
”I paid for a hotel room and I was supposed to vacate tomorrow. With this development, I don’t know what to do because I don’t have money to pay for another day in the hotel; they have not even told us when the test will hold, so all of us are confused”, the female candidate said.