The 2022 Unified Higher Education Graduation Examination (UTME) held over the weekend witnessed improved technical and operational support in parts of Lagos State as compared to cases of hiccups recorded in 2021.
Last year the review was marred by technical issues and large-scale operational challenges, but the case was different this year as some of the centers, particularly the Yaba area, had soft sailing.
At the University of Lagos (UNILAG), the results revealed that the JAMB CBT center had surplus computer systems for the exercise, with the three sessions scheduled for yesterday proceeding without any serious challenges.
The administrator of the CBT center, Dr. Florence Oladeji, said that the institution has extensive experience in computerized examinations, which really helped ensure there was no snag in their network.
“JAMB needs 275 systems, but we have over 500 computers. So the capacity is more than enough for the exam,” she said.
According to her, there were no cases of malpractice in the exams and only one student failed in his assignment.
At the Yaba College of Technology center, The Guardian saw security guards on the premises, as candidates queued to access the computer center.
The first session took place between 8:00 a.m. and 10:00 a.m., the second session – from 10:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m., while the third session started at 1:30 p.m. and ended at 3:30 p.m.
One of the candidates, Miss Precious Dogo, expressed her optimism about her performance, noting that the exercise took place in a conducive environment.
She did, however, reveal that some of her colleagues were having problems with their computers, which supervisors and supervisors were able to resolve.
Another contestant, Oluchi Okafor, who revealed she passed the exam without a hitch, said a boy next to her encountered a small challenge before authorities intervened. According to her, the exam went well because she finished her homework 25 minutes early.
Two other students, Taiwo Koledoye and Martin Yoro also expressed their joy, as they had no problem with computer systems.
Resident Monitor Adeola Ogundeji noted that one area of concern that has yet to be front and center among stakeholders is the area of IT literacy.
“We ended up teaching them how to make it work. They are supposed to have learned this before coming to take the exam. They were told they were going to take a CBT exam so they should have learned how to use a computer,” she said.
Ogundeji said that while this may not be a big concern as the people affected by the issue at the center were less than 20%, she however pointed out that since the start of the review, no malpractice cases have been reported. was recorded at the center. center.