System failure disrupts UTME at Kaduna centre

System failure disrupts UTME at Kaduna centre

Persistent system failure characterised the Unified Tertiary Matriculation Examination in Danbo International School Kaduna , on Thursday. A Correspondent of the NEWSPAD who monitored the exercise in Kaduna on Thursday reports that the examination , which was supposed to last for two hours , lasted for four hours at the centre . A total of

Persistent system failure characterised the Unified Tertiary Matriculation Examination in Danbo International School Kaduna , on Thursday.
A Correspondent of the NEWSPAD who monitored the exercise in Kaduna on Thursday reports that the examination , which was supposed to last for two hours , lasted for four hours at the centre .
A total of 750 students wrote the examination at the centre , with the first batch made up of 250 candidates expected to write from 8: 00 a . m. to 10 : 00 a . m. , but they could not start until around 9 : 00 a . m. and they finished around 12 : 00 p . m.
The second batch that was to commence at 10 : 00 a . m. could not do so until around 12 : 00 p . m. because all the computer systems tripped- off a few minutes after the commencement of the examination due to power cut .
Other systems were bad and had to be replaced with back – up , while others kept going off at different intervals as the students wrote the examination .
One of the candidates , Akintola Isaac, told NEWSPAD that his system tripped off thrice , adding that any time it tripped , he started all over again.
Akintola , who sat for the examination for the second time , added that the consistent failure of the system did not allow him to finish the examination before he was asked to leave the hall.
“ We barely commenced the examination when all the system in the hall went off.
“ After getting them running again , my system tripped off three times and it took 10 to 20 minutes to get it working again each time .
“ In the long run , I only finished two papers and was on the third one when I was asked to leave the hall, that my time was up .
“ When I complained to the JAMB officials and appealed to them to allow me write again, they told me that there was nothing they could do .
“ I ’ m still appealing to JAMB to give me another opportunity because it was not my fault , ” he said .
Another candidate , Hamza Gambo , said: “The examination commenced around 9 : 00 a . m. and shortly after we commenced , electricity went off and the all the systems shut down .
“ After restoring the power , which took about 10 minutes , my system tripped off and forced me to wait for 20 minutes before it was restored , and I had to start all over again.

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