BY ROME OBETA, UNN
Several reactions have trailed the just concluded University of Nigeria,Nsukka Post-Unified Tertiary Matriculation Examination, UTME.
In an interview with a cross section of students and parents, some lauded the organisation of the examination while others expressed their dissatisfactions.
According to Jennifer Akpan, a Medical Laboratory Science candidate, “The examination was nice and was devoid of any form of malpractice”.
Another candidate of Radiography, identified as Rosemary said: “The exam was well organised, the invigilators were strict and even the security was tight.”
Also speaking on the nature of the questions given to the students, Rosemary noted that those who prepared very well for the exam won’t find it difficult. “The questions are simple if students really read there books, they will have high scores and perform excellently” she said.
Expressing his expectations of the outcome of the exam, Michael Awa, had this to say’; ”I was amazed at the turnout of candidates. Though it was intimidating, but I am hopeful that i will be admitted”.
Another candidate, Edoere said; “last year’s Jamb was very bad, but this year it is a bit fair. For admission, what I can say is about 70 per cent will gaining.“
However, some candidates expressed discontent over the limited time allotted for the examination. Ada Obasi, who applied for Medicine and Surgery cried out her in ability to finish her questions due to the limited time. She said:” This is unfair, the examination had always lasted for 50 minutes but suddenly changed to 40 minutes. Some Of us could not finish on time.”
Another candidate of Medical Laboratory Science, identified as Henry Mbachi said; ”they reduced our time from 1hour to 40minutes. They didn’t even give us time to go through the question and the head invigilator was just yelling at everybody.”
Some parents who accompanied their children to the various examination venues lamented the inability of the school to provide them with adequate accommodation.
A parent identified as Engr. Sunny said: “I am not happy at all. There is no place for us to sit down”.
Another parent who pleaded anonymity said: “I am not comfortable, as you can see, I am sitting under the tree. They are supposed to provide accommodation for us”.
Meanwhile, computer operators, traders and motorcyclists who saw the post-Utme period as a money-making season called on the Student Union Government and the school administration to lift the ban on commercial motorcyclist operation within the school.
Speaking on the success of the two-day exercise which took place on the 8th and 9th August, Inspector. Ugwu Gajethan, of Area Command Nsukka, who monitored the exercise said: “We have not recorded any form of violence so far. Security officials are here to ensure the success of this examination”.