Sit at home: JAMB candidates stranded in Enugu

Candidates who wrote 2022 United Tertiary Matriculation Examination (UTME) in Enugu were stranded following the sit-at-home order by the banned Indigenous people of Biafra (IPOB) every Monday in the South East. The 2022 computer-based test (CBT) that began on Friday 6 May should have ended on Monday 9 May, but was moved by the Joint Admissions and Matriculation Board (JAMB) to Tuesday 10 May.

A JAMB official who spoke to the Nigerian News Agency (NAN) about anonymity in Enugu on Monday said the board had moved the exam to May 10 due to Monday-at-home in the Southeast. Some of the candidates who also spoke to NAN said they are not aware of the cancellation and say they came to the center only to be informed that it has been moved. They said that many of those who are going to do reprint of their slip have discovered that the date and time for the exam has been moved to Tuesday 10 May at 07:00. Ezekiel Okpara said: “There was no vehicle to transport my friend and I to TETFUND Center at the University of Nigeria, Enugu Campus, (UNEC) where we were supposed to write the exam.

“My father took us by car to the center and we were disappointed when other students who were standing at the entrance to the hall told us that it had been postponed until Tuesday.

“We went to cybercafe near the center to reprint our slip where we saw that the date and time had been shifted,” he said.

Another student who simply identified herself as Chigozie said JAMB would have informed them earlier about the change in the exam timetable than allowing them to take the risk of getting to the center. It’s risky to go out in Enugu on Mondays for fear of the unknown but here we have to write our CBT that did not last. Personally, I feel disappointed and stranded because my house is far from the center.

“What can we do, we’re going back to come back tomorrow,” she complained.

Meanwhile, the students writing the Continuing West African Examination Board (WAEC) in the state have rejected the stress they went through to write Food and Nutrition subject due to the non-availability of transportation.

Some of those who spoke to NAN said that they traveled long distances to meet the exam.

Nneka Ani said: “The exam would be held by 09:00, so I woke up early. I pulled a long distance but thank God I was able to get to the hall tired in time.

“The road was so empty with few vehicle movements. It was a challenge at first, but I gathered the courage and in the end I succeeded, ”she emphasized.

However, she appeals to those sitting at home to enforce their decision as it affects everyone and the economy of the state.

Another candidate, Ifeoma Darlington, expressed happiness when she and her friends were lucky enough to see a commercial bus that took them to the exam center.

NAN reports that many of them were seen after the exam moving home as there were few vehicles on the road.

There was partial compliance with the order as many businesses were open while some commercial vehicles, including tricycles and small buses, drove into the metropolis.

The usual police and military checkpoints also apparently disappeared in accordance with the order. (NAN)

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