Thursday, 9 May 2013

UTME: Reps summon JAMB registrar over mass failure

The House of Representatives has summoned the Registrar of the Joint Admission and Matriculation Board (JAMB), Professor Dibu Ojerinde, over the  mass failure of candidates in the last Unified Tertiary Matriculation Examinations (UTME).
An informed source told the Nigerian Tribune in Abuja, on Thursday, that Professor Ojerinde was expected to appear before the House Committee on Education today, to explain the rationale behind the mass failure and the way forward.
There have been protests from candidates, parents and guardians across the states of the nation since the results were made public.
Chairman, House Committee on Education, Honourable Aminu Suleiman, who confirmed the development  in Abuja, explained that the summon became imperative because of the various complaints from the members of the public on the outcome of the examinations.
According to him, “we heard that JAMB authorities had formally explained some reasons for the mass failure, this is not enough if the content of the complaints of Nigerians is anything to go by.”
Honourable Suleiman said “it can be recalled that the House passed a resolution asking JAMB not to use computer for the 2013 examinations and they said the board said it would make it optional; but there were still complaints by Nigerians that some students filled the manual or paper option only to find themselves being asked to write the exams using computers.”
He alleged that the mass failure might not be unconnected with the introduction of computers for the examinations, bearing in mind that most so-called “Jambites” and especially those in government secondary schools were not exposed to computer before the examinations.

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