Prospective candidates for the Unified Tertiary Matriculation Examination conducted by the Joint Admission and Matriculation Board (JAMB), on Friday called on JAMB to extend the period for the registration.
They also urged JAMB to revert to the former registration process, which according to them is more easier and friendly.
One of them, Emmanuel Augustine told newsmen at JAMB office in Kaduna that was yet to complete the registration one week after he began. “You would first open a personal profile in JAMB websites using an active personal e-mail address, proceed to the bank, pay for the form, get a Personal Identification Number (PIN) and then proceed to the CBT centre, pay for registration fee and be captured. “But I tell you, it is not as easy as it sounds, because it takes days for one to get his PIN.
“In Jaiz Bank for example, where I paid for the form, it took five days before I got my PIN and I was going there every day. “You can imagine the expenses, and I am still struggling to get registered.
“You can see the crowd; I was here since 6am, but I am not still sure if I will get registered today,‘Augustine said.
Another candidate, Victor Jacob, said it took him two weeks, from the day of the commencement of the registration till March 31 to get registered.
“Event at that, I am asked to return on Monday for thump print. “Before coming to JAMB office, I was going to Dembo International School, but the crowd is huge, I spent days without making progress. “From there, I went to another centre in Kakuri and the story was the same. “We are suffering, and we spend huge amount of money on transport and feeding everyday for the past two weeks for a registeration that is not supposed to take more than 30 minutes using the old system,” he said.
On her part, Rebecca Jatau, revealed that café owners have taken advantage of the cumbersome process to exploit prospective candidates. According to her, some café owners are collecting from N500 and above to open e-mail and personal profile for prospective candidates. “Although I was able to pay for JAMB form in Union Bank and got my PIN same day, I had to pay N500 in a Café to create a personal profile in the JAMB website”.
She called on JAMB to ease the candidates’ stress by extending the period for the registration to reduce the hardships being encountered by candidates.
“Unless the board extends the registration period many candidates may not register which means they will not sit for the examination this year,” she said.