Some candidates of the ongoing Unified Tertiary Matriculation Examination (UTME), which started on Saturday have laid complaints about the manner in which it is being conducted. They said aside from the significant lateness in starting the examination, a bigger challenge was with the English Language paper as answers to some of the questions were not provided in the options.
Speaking to Vanguard, a candidate Miss Basirat Jerah, whose examination center was at the Yaba College of Technology, said:
The examination scheduled to commerce at 6:30am started by 8:45am as a result of server failure, but the surprising aspect was that some of the questions on English Language were wrong as the answers were not in the options given. Only God knows what would become our fate as we pray JAMB officials would consider this when marking and grading us.
Collaborating Jerah’s claims is Miss Precious Ogunlele who also wrote the exam at Yaba College of Technology, who said:
Questions 11-20 of English Language were incorrect as the answers were not on the options. We only pray and hope this would be taken into consideration so as not to negatively affect our scores.
When contacted, JAMB Public Relations Officer, Dr. Fabian Benjamin, said the portion in question is the comprehension part whereby they have to fill in the gaps.
You know these students are in a hurry to finish and most of them don’t take their time to go through the questions. Even some candidates in one of the centers I visited pointed out that to me and I had to explain to them that in comprehension, you have to fill in the gaps. I can assure you that JAMB didn’t make any mistake when setting the questions.