UTME 2018: JAMB candidates call for transparency in admission process


Candidates for the 2018 Unified Tertiary and Matriculation Examination (UTME) have ahead of the tomorrow’s exams called for transparency in admission process.

The Computer-Based Test (CBT) examination is scheduled to hold between Friday, March 9 and Monday, March 19 nationwide.

Some candidates, who spoke to the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) at a Computer Based Test (CBT) centre on Thursday said they were optimistic that the 2018 exercise would end in their favour.

One of the candidates, identified as Lucy Ibrahim said that she was writing the examinations for the second time, adding that her level of optimism remained unshaken.

According to her, it is not the scores that concerns her but the struggle for admission into her university of choice.

“I scored 231 last year, but I believe that I will score higher this time.

“But my prayer is for my school of choice to admit me this year.

“I am from Kaduna and I applied for Mass Communication in ABU.

“I just hope that the process is transparent and fair, so that a good percentage of us can get the admission this year,’’ Ibrahim said.

Similarly, Chibuke Okafor, another candidate told NAN that his level of preparedness was high enough to give him the score he needed to make his admission dream come true.

He, however, alleged that the entire admission process was discouraging and fraught with corruption.

According to him, the level of corruption in some schools would not allow fairness in the entire admission process.

Also, another candidate, Okafor said that with the new cut-off mark of 120, some schools would still frustrate the system by making it difficult for many eligible candidates.

similarly, Patrick Adamu, prayed for the exercise to be hitch-free, especially from network disruption.

He also wished that the exercise begin on schedule

Meanwhile, a student, Mercy Obi, who commended JAMB for introducing innovations to enhance the system, urged various schools to emulate the board’s desire to make things easier for candidates.

She said: “Most times, you find out that the challenges that come up are not from JAMB but from schools.

“This is because when JAMB gives admission to a candidate, the school may likely not admit such candidate, even if you meet up all requirements.

“Some of us, who have no one to fight for us or money to spend to gain admission, will continue to write until luck finally shines on us’’.


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