UTME: Parents Complain Extra Charges, Centre Allocation

Less than 48 hours to the commencement of the 2017 Unified Tertiary Matriculation Examination, complaints of extortion, posting to distant centres and complications in printing e-slips have emerged.

Candidates who spoke with our correspondent on Thursday lamented the cancellation of their mock examination centres, payment of extra charges for corrections on their examination forms and difficulty in printing exam slips.

This is just as the Joint Admissions and Matriculation Board said that slips could be printed from its website, from candidates’ email and at computer-based test centres/cyber cafes. The board added that some mock examinations centres were cancelled because “they gave us wrong information.’’

Registration for the 2017 UTME ended on Friday with 1,736,571 candidates, including 321 who are visually-impaired.

A candidate resident in Lagos told our correspondent that she was posted to a centre at the Federal Polytechnic, Ilaro, Ogun State.

She said, “I am not complaining but the examination time has been fixed for 7am. That means I have to be there early on Saturday or rent a hotel room on Friday. The additional cost is annoying.’’

Also expressing his disappointment at the examination location of his daughter, a parent, Mr. Deji Akindele, said his daughter who registered for the UTME in Lagos was posted to a town in Kwara State.

“I have decided that she will not take part in the examination. She will sit for it next year. While she was registering for the exam, her examination town was listed as Igboho/Saki/Ago-Amodu in Oyo State but by the time we printed her exam slip on Thursday, the examination town was listed as Igboho/Saki/Ago-Amodu in Kwara State. It is so confusing.  But I can never release her to go to Kwara State. I remember a newspaper story of a girl who died when she went to a town to sit for a post-UTME test,’’ he said.

Another  candidate who spoke with our correspondent said that her mock examination centre was cancelled on the examination day, without an explanation.

She said, “I am prepared for the UTME but I am afraid that my centre may be cancelled. Nobody from my centre, Shoms International College, Odutayo, Kilo, Lagos, was able to sit for the mock examination about two weeks ago.  We got there on the examination day and a woman told us that it had been cancelled. We waited, thinking that something would happen but nobody did the examination. Up till now, nobody has offered us an explanation and my fear is that this could also happen during the UTME proper.’’

Yet another candidate, who also craved anonymity, complained that JAMB charged an extra N2,500 for his failing to fill his state of origin and local government area on the form.  On JAMB website, it stated that “Change of UTME subject combination is free. Changes for Name, Course/Institution, Passport and Date of Birth are 2,500.’’

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