The typical problem for Lagos megalopolis, a power outage, forced the Joint Admission and Matriculation Board (JAMB) to shift the 3rd session of the Unified Tertiary Matriculation Examination (UTME) Computer-Based Test (CBT) at one of the examination centres. The examination will be conducted on May 31, 2014, Saturday.
The exercise at the Digital Bridge Institute (DBI), Lagos, failed on May 26, 2014, due to blackout. This has been confirmed by a Deputy Director (Outstation) of the board, Mr Noble Onukwue, during an interview with the NAN.
He narrated that the time of the beginning of the test would be changed as well, to 11.00am.
JAMB deputy director stated that absence of electricity delayed the start of the second session and made it impossible to commence the third session of the examination.
The changes would be made in the interest of the children. Owing to the current level of insecurity in the country, it would not have been safe to keep the examinees late. Some of the children came to the centre from the remote parts of the state, therefore, it could have resulted in rushing the tests.
Onukwue thereby emphasised on CBT’s flexibility.
JAMB deputy director reminded that the board had requested all the examination centres to provide proper power supply and not to rely on public sources of electricity. The incident at DBI shows that some institutions did not take this request seriously.
It would be added that the results of the Paper Pencil Test and Dual Based Test, staged on April 12, 2014, have already been released, with 2,494 of them halted due to various examination malpractices.