A week into the conduct of the 2020 Unified Tertiary Matriculation Examination, UTME by the Joint Admissions and Matriculation Board, JAMB, many parents and their wards raised concern over the preparedness of the Board to conduct the examinations.
With over 1.9 million registered candidates, as against the 2019 figure of over 1.8 million candidates; the Board made some drastic changes this year.
One of them is the decision to change the mode of checking results of candidates on the Board’s portal, to the use of candidates’ phones. Also, the rescheduling of the examination in Rivers State and the last minute shifting of blind candidates examination to last Saturday among others.
The Spokesperson of JAMB, Dr. Fabian Benjamin, while noting that the current figure of registered candidates was the highest in the history of the Board, stated that a total 160, 640 candidates registered for Direct Entry , while over 600 Computer-Based Test centres were used nationwide.
However, many people still wondered when JAMB would master the art of conducting a hitch-free examination given the promise made by Dr. Benjamin who after the release of the results of 312,000 candidates who sat for examination on the first day, promised a great performance.
But, the shutting down of JAMB’s result checker made null and void the promise. While some candidates raised the alarm of their released results being tampered with, another group of candidates questioned why they could not access their results after Monday’s examination.
The worries of candidates and parents became high when JAMB neither affirm nor refute the claim of tampered results early enough. It was on some days later, the Board’s image maker sent a release claiming that no result was tampered with and that their portal was truly shutdown due to attempts by fraudsters to manipulate the results.
Benjamin’s statement read, ”JAMB has not cancelled the results of its examination conducted on Saturday, March 14, Monday, March 16 and Tuesday, March 17, 2020. Therefore, candidates should disregard rumours making the rounds that the results have been cancelled. To check their results, candidates are to send ‘RESULT’ to 55019 and not on the Board’s website.
“The results of the first day were placed on the website and some fraudulent individuals were copying and manipulating them to deceive unsuspecting candidates hence our decision to move it to the mobile platform for candidates to use their unique phone numbers used in registering for the examination to access their results.”