As the Joint Admissions and Matriculation Board (JAMB) commenced its 2023 Unified Tertiary Matriculation Examination (UTME) on Wednesday, April 27, concerns have been raised over the safety and welfare of students taking the exam.
Akhigbe Samson, a concerned Nigerian citizen, took to social media to share his experience of having to take his ward to a JAMB exam centre located two hours away. He highlighted the fact that the exam was scheduled for 6:30 a.m., a time that required some students to leave their homes as early as 4:30 a.m.
Many students across the country had to endure long hours of waiting at exam centers due to delayed accreditation processes, with some exams not starting until late in the afternoon. For those whose parents were unable to stay with them, lunch consisted of nothing more than gala and lacasera.
These conditions have raised questions about the government’s priorities and commitment to the education sector, with many citizens calling for an overhaul of the JAMB system.
Furthermore, there have been accusations of lawmakers and top government officials failing to provide adequate education opportunities for their own children while making decisions that affect the rest of the country.
The situation has sparked outrage among Nigerians, with many expressing their frustration with the country’s flawed education system and calling for change.
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