A visit to some centres in Ajegunle Lagos such as Express Secondary School, Mokoya Secondary School, Adeolu Secondary School and others, showed that the examination commenced behind schedule as officials battled with the challenges posed by the delay in capturing candidates’ biometric data.
In other centres across the state, there were also incidences of shortage of question papers, exam malpractice by candidates as aidedand abetted by officials, and confusion emanating from students who chose wrong subject combinations during registration.
For instance, there were cases of students who didn’t register Literature-in-English, but want to study Law and other Arts/Humanities courses. This led to swapping of question papers, which consequently caused delay in centres.
Presumably, candidates like these may not come out tops in the exams. Similarly, candidates who failed to shade correctly their personal details such as surname, first name, middle name, registration number, centre and candidate numbers may also gnash their teeth when their results are released.
Before now, JAMB had warned candidates not to come to examinationcentres with gadgets such as phones, electronic scientific calculators, ipads, and other hand-held gadgets, but candidates who were bent on cheating in examination halls didn’t comply with this directive. Investigations revealed that some candidates beat the scanning/detecting machines used by security operatives to prevent candidates from taking these electronic gadgets into the hall.
Some candidates purportedly removed their phone batteries and other hand-held gadgets, to beat JAMB’s scanning/detecting machines. Similarly, as capturing candidates’ biometric data became a problem, individuals popularly known as mercenaries who sat for the exan on behalf of some candidates, did what is known as superimposition i.e. scanning their passport photograph on the original candidate’s own to beat officials.
There were also cases of mercenaries who uploaded their own passport photographs while registering their candidates, but usually other personal information of the candidates such as names, sex, state of origin, local government, address, age etc, are correct. On this passport photograph, especially during admission, the candidatesclaim that it was error made in cafes during registration. These sore points are perhaps beyond the powers of JAMB to detect.
Also, the examination started in Yewa Junior High School, Dairy Farm, Agege, Ikotun High School, Government Technical College, Ikotun and Igando Community High School, around 10: 00am, an hour behindofficial starting time.
When Vanguard visited some other centres in the state, some candidates were seen shortly before the commencement of the examination copying supposed answers from their cell phones into small sheets of paper, which they hid in secluded parts of their bodiesincluding their private parts to beat security officers.
Also, some clever ones went into the examination halls with their cell phones making it easy for them to cheat. Our correspondent at Vetland Senior High School in Ifako-Ijaiye Local Government Area witnessed officials tackling the challenge of biometric screening of candidates within the scheduled time.
The chief examiner at the centre who simply identified herself as Mrs Olajide, had to announce to those affected and who had earlier been screened manually to go into classrooms with their examination numbers to settle down. While the exam was going on, she went round to announce that every candidate should ensure they had theirbiometric screening before leaving the exam hall.
“These are some of the candidates that the machine could not capture their data and we cannot continue to waste time on them. That is why I asked them to go in first while the officials will go round to do their biometric capturing later,” she said.
There was also a situation of candidates not having all their subject combinations in one booklet and there were no leftover question papers across subject combinations.
Some candidates who had economics, chemistry and government as subject combination were affected.
The supervisors at some centres managed the situation by asking affected candidates to switch the question papers with those who had theirs complete pending when they would be ready to do them.
“And we’re able to manage the problem with understanding,” Mr. Yekini Olawale, a supervisor at Yewa Junior High School who teaches at Lagos City Polytechnic, said.
Schools like Excel College, Ronik Comprehensive School and Ejigbo High School, all in Ejigbo area of Lagos State were observed to have complied with the scheduled time for the examination, even as Kembry School, around Jakande area commenced by 10.00am, one hour after the scheduled time, owing to delay in capturing students’ biometric data.
A survey of the centres revealed that the atmosphere was calm and devoid of chaos contrary to what was obtainable in some centres around the state, where there were cases of change of examination venues, which threw candidates into pandemonium.
At Excel College, a source said that the examination was “okay” and the venue peaceful. Another source, who revealed his identity as Jerry complained that he found the Chemistry questions “tough”, Physics “bearable”, and other questions “okay.”
Asked about the centre, Jerry said the venue was peaceful and the examination started right on time. Deborah Augustine who wrote her examination at Ejigbo High School said that the centre was serene and devoid of any commotion.
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