Mock exam: Parents criticize JAMB for its malfunctioning ICT facilities

Several parents of prospective applicants who took the Joint Admission Matriculation Board’s practice exam (JAMB mock) on Thursday in Ekiti State complained about technical difficulties.

The upset parents expressed their dissatisfaction over the technological issues that practically every one of the designated Computer Test Based Centers in Ekiti suffered, placing unnecessary strain on the applicants.

Due to a technical issue from the board’s headquarters, the brush-up exam that was scheduled to begin at 7am in all JAMB CTB centers, including the Bamidele Olumilua University of Education, Science and Technology, Ikere Ekiti, Phone Computer Center, Ijero Center, the Federal Polytechnic, Ado Ekiti, and others, could only begin at 2pm.

Participants also complained about the lack of space in all of the centers, making it difficult for candidates from the same batch to enter at the same time when the examination begins.

Due to these harrowing experiences, parents who brought their wards to all of the centres expecting to leave around 9 a.m. were stuck and disappointed, as they were forced to wait under the trees until 5 p.m.

“This was a very disappointing situation, and the JAMB must get it corrected to avoid a recurrence during the main examination in April,” some visibly enraged parents said.

“The purpose of this mock examination is for applicants to gain relevant experience and conduct a self-examination based on the results.” But how do you conduct a fair assessment of the applicants in such difficult circumstances?” Applicants who arrived expecting to begin an examination at 7 a.m. instead began at 2-3 p.m. This was extremely disappointing and may have an impact on their performances.

“The JAMB authority must fix this problem before the next examination.” We also recommend that in the future, only centers with sufficient space be designated for such examinations.”

An anonymous technical officer at the BOUESTI ICT center blamed the situation on JAMB.

According to the source, the failure began on Thursday when the federal government’s body was unable to determine the exact software to use in conducting the mock.


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