Candidates with biometric challenges may write exams at JAMB headquarters

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A Former Minister of Education, Prof Chinwe Obaji, has scored the Joint Admission and Matriculations Board high on what she says is notable improvement in the conduct of the Unified Tertiary Matriculation Examination.

She said the board has greatly improved in its conduct of the exams despite the difficulties associated with CBT examinations.

The former minister who monitored the examination in some centres in the FCT said some of the centres she visited had minor issues that were rectified within schedule by the JAMB technical staff.

She expressed satisfaction that most of the centres were able to conduct their three sessions of the examination irrespective of the hitches encountered with biometric verification with some candidates.

Meanwhile in the course of monitoring the examination, it was discovered that some of the examination centres had challenges, especially as regards to biometric verification of candidates.

But it appears that candidates whose biometric data could not be verified at the exam centres will get another chance to write their exams at the JAMB headquarters, contrary to the board’s initial stand.

Sources at the centres visited revealed that the affected candidates were given forms to fill to alert JAMB of their inability to verify and hopefully have their exams rescheduled

At Dominion International School Jabi, about 6 candidates had biometric verification challenges and they also filled the forms with hope that JAMB will reschedule their examinations.

One candidate could not be verified at the Government Security School, Zone 4, because he had lots of sweat in his hands while one other candidate at the Digital Bridge Institute Jabi, could not also be verified.

But the challenge associated with a computer based test is not the same for everyone. While some could not be verified, those verified could not write the examination because they had issues with using the computers.

17 year old Ukamaka Muonwe is writing JAMB for the first time, she says she has a little knowledge of using the computer, but unfortunately lost her wits as a result of fear at the actual examination.

Just like Ukamaka, several other candidates interviewed expressed disappointment at their performance in the examination.

Musa Umar says he is not very good with computers but had practiced for the exam, he however lost focus when he couldn’t log in and out of his system

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