L-R: Chairman, Senate Committee on Education, Senator Uche Chukwumerije, registrar, JAMB, Professor Dibu Ojerinde,
minister of Education State, Nyesom Nwike and chairman, House Committee on Education Hon Faruk Lawan at the UTME
examination held weekend in Abuja
From Bukola Olatunji in Abuja,Uchechukwu Nnaike and Funmi Ogundare in Lagos
The federal government Saturday commended the Joint Admission and Matriculation Board (JAMB) over the successful conduct of this year’ s Unified Tertiary Matriculation Examination (UMTE) held across the country Saturday.
Minister of Education, Prof. Ruqayyatu Ahmed Rufa’I; Minister of State for Education, Chief Nyesom Wike, as well as chairmen, Senate and House Committees on Education, Senator Uche Chukwumerije and Hon. Farouk Lawan respectively, who monitored the examination in the Federal Capital Territory (FCT), praised JAMB for improving on the conduct of the examination, which was almost marred in the city, as a result of the Peoples Democratic Party Convention National Convention.
While Rufa’i praised the peaceful conduct and improvement in the seating arrangement of the examination, Wike expressed hope that the biometric data capture would completely eliminate examination malpractice, while Chukwumerije pledged the Senate’s support to the examination body, through appropriate legislation. Meanwhile, science students who sat for yesterday’s UTME have called on JAMB to put science students into consideration while preparing for subsequent examinations for better performance.
About 1.5 million candidates sat for the examination in several centres across the country. This year’s question papers were differentiated with colours such as ‘Types Red’, Green, Purple and Yellow to curb examination malpractice, unlike those of previous years that came in Types A, B, C and D. Some of the science students, who spoke with THISDAY in Lagos, specifically requested for scientific calculators, as against the regular ones that were provided.
Master Anthony Nnolim, who sat for English Language, Physics, Chemistry and Biology, said the regular calculator did not help him much, especially in subjects such as Physics and Chemistry. Miss Tosin Ayodele, who sat for English Language, Mathematics, Economics and Commerce, also wished she had used a scientific calculator.