• Most of the candidates that wrote the recent Post-Unified Tertiary Matriculation Examination (UTME) at the Nnamdi Azikiwe University, Awka went home disappointed and sad.

    The decision of the University management to adopt the computer-based test method at the last minute deflated their hopes, as they answered 20 questions unrelated to their preferred courses in 10 minutes.

    With tears in her eyes, an agitated student that participated in the post UTME organized by the Nnamdi Azikiwe University, Awka, who gave her name as Ifedi, said they had 10 minutes to answer 20 questions. She said the test was compounded by technical hitches, as some of the computers went off before the time.

    Ifedi, who had 240 in her JAMB exam, said she was on the third question when the invigilator announced that they had six minutes left.

    “People cried out in the hall. I started punching answers without reading the questions. How can I answer 20 questions in different subjects, unrelated to my preferred course of study in 10 minutes?” she wondered.

    Other candidates that spoke with Campus Sun bemoaned their sad fate, while revealing how some of their colleagues lost their belongings, including phones, wrist -watches and even shoes.

    One of the candidates, Emeka Okoro, who spoke to this reporter, described the situation as chaotic. In his words, “I’ve heard so much about this institution and this is too degrading compared to what I heard. Can you imagine that we came here around 8am, we stood in the rain for several hours? The process is just too slow and the university management should find a way to accommodate this large number”, he said.

    Some of the students said that the test lacked credibility because wrong questions were shuffled for them for different courses.

    For instance, a candidate that applied for Igbo Education wrote Mathematics in the test, while another that applied for Law had Biology questions to answer.

    One of the candidates, who gave his name as James, said he applied for Law but was shocked to see Mathematics and Biology questions. Another candidate, who applied for Law, said he had to contend with Chemistry questions, which were different from the English, Literature, Government and CRS that other candidates answered.

    The Vice Chancellor of the institution, Prof. Joseph Ahaneku, while monitoring the screening exercise, said that some candidates who came for the exercise were not qualified and the university authorities took time in fishing them out.

    He expressed worries over computer illiteracy level among some of the candidates, noting that it shows that some of them did not write JAMB themselves.

    The management through the Director of Information and Public Relations, Dr. Emmanuel Ojukwu, later released a statement on the university’s official page apologizing for some adjustments made during the test.

    “These adjustments have been made in the interest of the candidates. However, the university regrets any inconvenience the adjustments will cause our highly valued candidates,” he said.

    Ojukwu also alleged that a syndicate was bent on undermining the process because of the stiff measures the university introduced to weed out impersonators.
    Culled from The Sun Newspaper

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    1. eddy franklin 9 years ago

      What does d vc mean by we arent computer literates? is he trying to defend d sch or What? on d 7th of september i came there around 8am to write my exams i was coming from germany dat day we had to stand in d sun, under d rain nd everytin was jst disorganised. So many ppl fainted dat day some even gave up on d exam i bled from my nose twice becuz we wer struggling to get d entry card nd somebody hit me with her elbow then i knew girls really want to go to sch. After everytin even till 7pm thousands did nt write nd they postponed IT till friday i had to lodge in an hotel dat nite nd flew to abuja d next day. In “unistress” nothing went well.

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