JAMB delists 24 exam centres as UTME begins nationwide

By Felix Khanoba

The Joint Admissions and Matriculations Board (JAMB) says it has delisted  24 Computer Based-Test centres for their poor performance in the ongoing Unified Tertiary Matriculation Examination (UTME).

The AUTHORITY reports that the 2021 UTME commenced nationwide on Saturday with some hitches recorded in some CBT centres. 

A statement issued on Saturday evening by Dr Fabian Benjamin, the spokesperson for JAMB, said the affected centres failed to live up to expectations, hence the decision to delist them.

“Candidates posted to any of these centres are required to await further directives by checking their profile, email addresses and SMS on their registered phone for a new date,” Benjamin said.

He listed the affected centres to include  Harry Pass Polytechnic CBT Centre , Gboko, Benue State, IZISCO OBOS Institute of Maritime Studies, Warri,  Delta State, Oseni Elamah ICT Institute, Auchi, Edo State, GIVITEC CBT Centre, Benin, Edo State, Kings Polytechnic, Ubiaja, Edo State, GEF Systems LTD, Public Service Institute of Nigeria , Kubwa, Abuja and 

 Government Secondary School, Area 10, Abuja. 

Others are Bethel Baptist High School, Kaduna, ZABIB College, Unguwar Dosa, Kaduna, ST. Albert Institute, Kafachan, Kaduna, 

Massino Computer CBT, Badagry, Lagos State, IP Soft Technologies Ltd. Apapa, Lagos, Institute of  Criminal Justice and Criminology Administration, FESTAC, Lagos, Sweet Valley Educational Services, Ikotun, Lagos, Certified Institution of Shipping , Badagry, Lagos and  AL-MIYZAN Schools CBT Centre, Ikotun, Lagos. 

The list also includes Aunty Alice Schools, Mararaba, Nasarawa State, Federal Polytechnic, Ile-Oluji, Ondo State, King  Emmanuel College ICT Centre, Ore, Ondo State, Oduduwa University, Ipetumodu, Osun State, Federal College of Education (Special), E-Library, Centre 1, Oyo State,  ST Augustine Academy, Langtang, Plateau State, SKOLAK Resources Ltd, Kaduna State and Oru East CBT Centre, Omuma, Imo State. 

Meanwhile, a visit to the CBT centres located at Digital Bridge Institute (DBI), Jabi  and the Global Distance Learning Centre, Central Area, Abuja, by our correspondent revealed that the exercise went on seamlessly on the day one of the exam. 

One of the high power opinion leaders, who monitored the exam, Cletus Akwaya, commended JAMB for a job well done. 

He, however, expressed concern on the number of parents  that clustered around the CBT centres, even as he made a case for the provision for canopies to accommodate such individuals. 

At the exam centre in DBI, a parent, Mr Mbang Edet, said he decided to take his child to the centre because of the security situation in the country. 

“He did not know this area before now and secondly, I don’t want him to ‘enter one chance vehicle’, that is why I have to come with him,” he said. 

An independent observer and former Managing Director of Daily Times, Aliu Akoshile,  advised prospective candidates to always ensure participation in mock UTME to prepare them well for the real exam. 

The examination which started on the 19th of June is expected to end on the 3rd of July. Over 1.3 million candidates successfully registered for the 2022 UTME,

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