Few CBT centres, slow internet connection frustrate candidates at points of registration


March 31, 2017 | 4:33 am
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… as JAMB registration enters second week
Candidates eager to register for the 2017/18 season of the Joint Admission and Matriculation Board’s (JAMB) examination have been frustrated by the existence of few Computer Based Test registration centres and the slow internet connection at these centres.
There are about 93 JAMB approved CBT registration centres across the 36 states, in Lagos there are only 20 centres and this is proving both insufficient and ineffective.
“This is terrible, I was at the FESTAC CBT centre, Lagos, to register and the experience so far has been terrible. Without exaggerating, I arrived here as early as 5:30am three days ago to register and up to this point I have not been able to do so,” said Mariam Busola, a JAMB candidate.
Busola added, “The procedure is supposed to be straight forward. You pay N5, 500 to obtain a PIN with which you proceed to register at the CBT, where you are supposed to pay N700. You can buy the PIN at a bank but the major challenge is using the PIN to register at a CBT centre.”
According to an experience at a CBT centre in Aguda, Lagos, there were instances of candidates collapsing having come as early as 5:00am and stood under the sun for hours without been able to buy the PIN, which they blamed on sharp practices by the CBT centre staff.
“It is unfortunate, some of have been as early 6:00am but have not been to buy the PIN. Meanwhile some who just arrived are able to obtain it because they were willing to part with more than the official rate to obtain the PIN” said a candidate who does not want his name mentioned for fear of victimisation.
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