Information reaching us confirms that the Joint Admission Matriculation Board receive an open letter written by a student in the north to the JAMB Registrar, Prof Ishaq Oloyede concerning the circumstances surrounding the newly introduced JAMB Registration Method for 2017 UTME.
Sir, I do hope this letter will get to you and your team members as soon as possible through the power of social media. I equally do hope that the suffering of our children will come to an end sir.
Sir, your new method of registration (PIN VENDING) which replaces the use of scratch cards has so far proved to be inefficient, as such; you should immediately correct the inefficiencies or if you are not adequately prepared for it, stop it completely. Your internet connectivity is disheartened. Sir, our children stand the risk of losing both WAEC and JAMB of this year due to the inefficiencies of the system. May the Almighty God forbid that! Sir, instead of our children concentrating on WAEC preparation and exams they are now spending their precious hours queuing in the Banks in the name of obtaining E-PIN. Also, the problem is that after getting the PINs, most applicants are unable to access the JAMB website. You must do something as quickly as possible sir!
Sir, given the delay of this year’s starting of registration one expects that you have made all the necessary arrangement for seamless registration especially, in view of the fact that, you are introducing new method of registration. Sir, the timing for this year’s registration coincided with the writing of WAEC which in my view, is unusual as well as unfair to our children. The duration is too shot! Before now we used to have sufficient time for registration and exams preparation. In the recent past you normally start the sales of “Forms” between October/November of the preceding year up to April of the year of the exams which is about 5 months.
Sir, in my humble opinion, you should have adopted a Pilot Scheme Method not a universal application of a method that has just been introduced. For instance, your Computer Based Test (CBT) System was initially optional for students. This new system of registration should have been made optional at a start before making it a uniform as well as compulsory method for all. One assumes that the cancellation for the used of scratch cards and Cyber cafés are to strengthen the system, but nevertheless, you should have adopted a pilot scheme by the combination of the two approaches while mastering the process.
Sir, it seems like in this country we are not learning from our previous mistakes in other agencies or government organizations. In the recent past the Nigeria Police Portal or so was allegedly said to collapse in the first day of its opening due to traffic junctions. The Civil Service Commission, NRC, N- Power portals were all initially very slow and frustrating. These are enough lessons. Experience should have been our teacher. Any time a portal is to be assessed by many at a go, no matter how efficient the system is you should anticipate conjunction which might lead to inefficiencies. Every year over one million people sat for JAMB one could imagine the traffic, considering the fact that the period for registration is very shot.
Sir, permit me to say that I support your insistence on using technology for exams, but you must work very quickly in solving the inefficiencies associated with it. With the hitches already being witnessed by the new system of registration, how sure are we that your new method of Eight Keyboard Will be hitch free? Sir,we want you to succeed! You must do something on the distractions and suffering of our children. You must not fail sir!
May God bless Nigeria