JAMB wraps 2022 UTME with 383 visually impaired candidates

About 383 visually impaired candidates began writing the Unified Tertiary Matriculation Exam (UTME) across the country on Thursday 2023.

The examination was conducted by the Equal Opportunity Group set up by the chairperson of the Joint Admissions and Matriculation Board (JAMB) Is-haq Oloyede.

Kano, the group’s chairman, Peter Okebukola, addressed the candidates at the Kano Center at School of Continuing Education (SCE) Bayero University, said this year’s exams are taking place in eleven centers nationwide.

Mr Okebukola, represented by Kano Center coordinator Muhammad Yahuza Bello, said additional centers had been created this year to bring the exam venue closer to the candidates, especially with the security situation in the country.

Mr Bello, who is the immediate former vice-chancellor of Bayero University, Kano, said the centers are Abuja, Ado-Ekiti, Bauchi, Benin, Enugu, Jos, Kano, Kebbi, Lagos, Oyo and Yola.

He revealed that the visually impaired candidates take the same test items as those who do not.

“The mode of examination administration is mixed with the aid of computers, traditional braille slate and stylus or typewriters in written answers to questions read by a subject expert.

“This is in line with the current development of Nigeria’s higher education system with regard to the education of the blind,” Mr Okebukola said.

According to him, JAMB takes full responsibility for hotel accommodation and nutrition of the candidates in the 11 centers and pays generous transport supplement.

In addition, Mr Okebukola said that each visually impaired candidate would receive a slate and stylus from JAMB that would be used during the study when he was admitted to a tertiary institution.

He said 110 visually impaired candidates out of the 332 who sat for the UTME in 2021 had gained admission to universities and other tertiary institutions.

The academic said the Kano Center received the data from 172 candidates who were allegedly visually challenged. However, after contacting them, it was found that about 70 were not challenged but were incorrectly registered as visually impaired.

He added that the Council, after notifying JAMB, had made adequate arrangements for the candidates where they would participate in the regular examination.

However, Mr Okebukola said they could not reach out to 20 other candidates because the telephone number they had registered was not functional.

Some Kaduna State candidates Yusuf Isyaku and Madeline Danladi have said they want to study mass communication and guidance and counseling respectively.

The candidates applauded JAMB for making adequate provision which makes the examination easier for visually impaired candidates.

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