The 2021 Unified Tertiary Examination (UTME), on Saturday, commenced across the country with some candidates encountering minor technical glitches and others smoothly navigating the process.
Some candidates who spoke to journalists expressed satisfaction with the exams while others complained of slight technical challenges and delays in commencing the test.
At the Digital Bridge Institute (DBI), Utako, the examination commenced a little behind schedule raising concerns among parents and candidates.
A parent, Mrs Joy Ovia who expressed satisfaction at the level of preparation leading up to the exam said there would always be unforeseen challenges in executing yearly nationwide projects as the UTME examination.
She, however, called on JAMB to ensure that there are backup plans to troubleshoot any eventuality to help candidates compose themselves enough to face the test.
‘‘Sometimes we plan but then the unexpected happens. I have followed JAMB’s planning of this exam in the news, I think they tried, Mrs Ovia explained but we need to plan for the unforeseen”.
Other candidates claimed they had no challenges and had written the examination according to their level of preparation.
Chidimma Usor, a candidate who said it was her second time writing JAMB, claimed her exam began and finished as scheduled. She said she was surprised to hear other candidates complaining of technical challenges.
‘‘It was hitch-free for me, I didn’t have any challenges but when we came out I heard others saying their systems went off, I don’t know, I didn’t experience any problem, I just pray I pass this time’’, she said.
But Efe Esosa, who came out of the exam hall looking teary and flustered, said she didn’t know why her computer tripped off and that it could have been what she pressed.
‘‘When it happened they came to help me start it again but I was afraid. It’s my first time writing JAMB and I did not write the mock exam’’.
Despite claims by other candidates who said they encountered one technical glitch or the other, the JAMB Coordinator at the Digital Bridge Institute, Stella Uju, explained that the process was smooth.
‘‘They had two batches of 250 candidates each, we had no issues but five candidates did not show up for the examination’’.
Our correspondent reports that COVID-19 protocols were enforced at the Digital Bridge centre Utako while security personnel were seen ensuring law and order in the exam premises.