JAMB bars journalists from taking pictures, videos of candidates
Security personnel confiscate Vanguard reporter’s phone
By Joseph Erunke, with agency reports
ABUJA—System failure, lateness and other hitches, yesterday, marred the commencement of 2019 Unified Tertiary Matriculation Examination, UTME, across the country.
Reports across the centres nationwide indicated computer failure, late commencement of examinations, especially in Lagos, Kano and Kaduna states.
In Lagos, anxious parents at Dalewares Centre, Ilupeju, who spoke to Vanguard, lamented that examinations were yet to commence as at 7.30 p.m., saying: “Candidates who arrived the centre since 7 a.m., were famished and exhausted all day without any explanation for the delay.”JAMB
At a centre located at School of Technology, Kano Polytechnic, candidates were still waiting anxiously to write the examination by 7.20 p.m
Similarly, at God is Able Centre, Olodo, Ibadan, Oyo State, candidates were yet to start the examination by 8 p.m, earlier scheduled for 11 a.m.
A parent who lamented the delay, said: “You (Jamb) had a whole year to prepare for this exam and by 8p.m., candidates are still waiting to write exams. This is total rubbish; you put most parents and guardians in total confusion.”
The frustration of parents and guardians were also expressed in the following tweets by Oloruntola babatunde @haztola
“My sister couldn’t write her jamb this morning (yesterday) because her fingerprints and four others couldn’t be verified by the computer and there was no provision made by @jamb for the failure of their machine. So unfair.”
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Malikah @husnahkassim, said: “This computer based jamb? My sister’s computer went off today (yesterday) while she was taking the exams and the time was still reading before they finished restoring it. It wasn’t her fault but she will be the one to pay for it.”
Security personnel confiscates Vanguard reporters’ phone
This came as journalists were barred from entering examination halls to take pictures and videos of the process in Abuja and Nasarawa State among other states.
Specifically, security operatives attached to Childworth International School, one of the centres in Masaka, Nasarawa State, working on the directive of JAMB officials at the centre, confiscated Vanguard reporter’s phone following pictures and videos he took at the Computer Based Test, CBT, centre.
After establishing that some pictures and videos of some candidates and the examination process were saved on the phone, the security men, drawn from Nigerian Security and Civil Defence Corps, Nigerian Army and plain clothes detectives believed to be from Department of State Service, DSS, insisted that the saved items be deleted.
After deleting the items, the officials instructed the security men not to allow journalists inside the premises anymore.
Also, at Global Distance Learning Institution, one of the CBT centres at the Central Business District in Abuja, journalists who went to monitor the process were told not to take pictures and videos in the examination halls.Related