Hundreds of candidates for the ongoing Unified Tertiary Matriculation Examination besieged Lagos State House of Assembly on Tuesday to protest the various anomalies they encountered writing the test.

The protesters defied the bullets of the policemen who would not allow them to gain entrance into the assembly to express their grievances, which included errors in subjects’ combination, irregularities in results, failure to write the examination due to nonexistence of examination centres among other complaints.

But in its swift reacting, JAMB described the protest as the handiwork of some elements who called themselves education consultants and that the protesters were rented crowd but not authentic UTME candidates.

The statement that emanated from JAMB reads in part, “The attention of the Board has been drawn to a planned protest (tomorrow, Tuesday in Lagos) over the Board’s activities by individuals who called themselves education consultants. JAMB has called for calm and advised candidates to always avail themselves of the opportunity provided by the board through it public complaints unit to vent their grievances and not to allow blackmailers to use them for any selfish interest

This is not the first time the Joint Admission and Matriculation Board, JAMB will  organise a Computer-Based Test but this is the first time the board will be extending the test beyond one day.

Unlike before when candidates wrote the examination across the country in one day with the results released within 48 hours, at present, candidates were given different dates.

But the problem now is that some candidates are yet to get examination centres, some have written the test and yet to get their results while their colleagues who sat at the same centres with them had already received alert for their results.

Another problem is that some have received results that are not theirs while some have received results of wrong subjects’ combination.

Among those who protested on Tuesday, there were core science candidates who wrote Physics, Chemistry and Biology with Use of English to study medicine but received results on Commerce, Mathematics, Economics and Use of English.

Some candidates had received three results through alert from JAMB. To the students, it looks like JAMB has lost focus and cannot conduct Computer-Based Test effectively.

As Kayode Lawal put it, “I have received two results, one of the alerts shows that I scored 208, the second alert read 217, while the third one read 287.
“The surprising thing now is that I cannot print any of the results. On the website, the board claimed that I did not sit for the examination. Meanwhile, I sat for English, Government, Economics and Literature-in-English.”

To Godwin Anjonuma who wrote the test at Yaba Collge of Technology, the results posted to him by JAMB were not his own.

He said, “I’m a science student. I wrote Physics, Chemistry and Biology including English Language to study Medicine but as I’m talking to you now, I have a results with subjects’ combination of Literature, Bible Knowledge and History. I can’t understand.”