Joint Admission and Matriculation Board (JAMB) has extended examination schedule for the 2022 Unified Tertiary Matriculation Examination (UTME).
The board was forced to make this decision as sit-at-home order given by proscribed Indigenous People of Biafra grounded activities in the southeast region of the country.
According to reports, candidates, who arrived at some of the centres as early as 7am, could not gain entry and no official of the examination body was around to attend to them.
The exam which is a computer base began on Friday, May 6, 2022 and ought to have ended on Monday, May 9, but was shifted by the Joint Admissions and Matriculations Board (JAMB) to Tuesday, May 10 due to this development.
An official of JAMB who spoke to the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) on anonymity on Monday in Enugu said the board shifted the exam to May 10 due to Monday sit-at-home in the South-East.
It was gathered that IPOB had though canceled the sit-at-order observed every Monday but residents in the South-East still observe it for fear of attack.
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Some of the affected candidates said they were not aware of the cancellation, saying they came to the centre only to be told that it had been shifted.
They said that they came to know that the exams have been rescheduled after they went to do a reprint of their slip.
Ezekiel Okpara said, “There was no vehicle to convey my friend and me to TETFUND Centre at the University of Nigeria, Enugu Campus, (UNEC) where we are supposed to write the examination.
“My dad took us in his car to the centre and we were disappointed when other students standing at the entrance of the hall told us that it has been postponed to Tuesday.
“We went to a cyber cafe close to the centre to do a reprint of our slip where we saw that the date and time have been shifted,” he said.
Another student who identified herself simply as Chigozie said JAMB should have informed them earlier about the change in the examination timetable than allowing them to take the risk of coming to the centre.
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“It is risky to go out on Mondays in Enugu for fear of the unknown but here we are to write our CBT which did not hold. Personally, I feel disappointed and stranded because my house is far from the centre.
“What can we do, we are going back to come back tomorrow,” she lamented.
Meanwhile, the students writing the ongoing West African Examination Council (WAEC) in the state have decried the stress they went through to write Food and Nutrition subject due to non-availability of transportation.
Some of them who spoke said they trekked long distances to meet up with the exam.
There was partial compliance with the order as many businesses were open while some commercial vehicles including tricycles and small buses were plying within the metropolis.
The usual police and military checkpoints also disappeared, apparently in compliance with the order.
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