Prospective candidates for the 2017 Unified Tertiary Matriculation Examination across the country are lamenting severe hardship in the ongoing Joint Admission And Matriculation Board (JAMB) examination registration process. Many of the candidates urge JAMB to revert to the former sales of scratch card process as they believe it’s easier and stress free compared to the present PIN Vending registration method.
Candidates emphasised that the Personal Identification Number (PIN) is not easy to obtain. Many of those who have successfully registered their 2017 JAMB examination lament how slow, stressful and expensive the registration process was. Yet, the number of applicants who are yet to register are still on the high side. At every registration center in Lagos, you will always find long queues as students get to the registration centres as early as 5 am to obtain their PIN and get biometrics done.
The new registration strategy which was meant to put an end to fraudulent activities in JAMB registration process continues to stir more reactions from candidates.
Many candidates told our correspondent how cumbersome and stressful the pin vending registration system is compared to the former use of scratch card. They urged JAMB to provide an easier registration means instead going to registration centres before having access to register for the exam. Also, they call for extension in the examination deadline date.
This is the hardest JAMB registration process ever. I have been going to the centre for more than two weeks without being able to get my registration done. I have been here for the past 5 hours without getting anything done. The crowd is really much as you can see. So it’s a matter of first come, first served.
I have been here since 6 am, and I’m not sure if the registration will ever get to me before the day runs out. I want JAMB to bring back the old registration process. This present one is what I describe as terrible. We can’t bear wasting a lot of money daily all to get registration done.
I completed my registration just yesterday, I have been coming here for more than a week. The registration process is tough; l must tell you, but if you really want to get things done, you must take your time to do it. I normally come here very early in the morning because we normally pick numbers. This means when you come late, you get the last digit. I commend the body (JAMB) for their effort to curb fraudulent activities, at the same time I want them to innovate a simple registration process that will be easier for all.
The old registration process is far better than the new method. I have been coming here for two weeks without any luck. Yesterday, I picked number 94 at Agidingbi, First gate registration centre. It didn’t get to my turn and I went home.
Today, I came here early enough and I’m with number 47. I’m still waiting and hoping that the registration will eventually get to me, and if it doesn’t, it means I will have to try another day.
– SOEWU OLUWAFEMI