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12 524 register for Unilag entrance exam

25 July 2013, 16:00

Lagos - A total of 12 524 candidates registered for the University of Lagos Post Unified Tertiary Matriculation Examination, (UTME), for the 2013/2014 academic  session, the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN), reports.

Some of the candidates told NAN on Wednesday that they were satisfied with the conduct of the three-day examination, which started on Monday.

One of them, Mariam Chibuzor, told NAN correspondent who monitored the examination that it was computer based and the biometrics verification exercise helped to check examination malpractice.

"I am very satisfied with the conduct of this year’s Post UTME examination because with the biometrics verification, there was no incident of impersonation all through the duration of the examination.

"It was just a case of you as a candidate and your computer,’’ she said, noting that candidates were thoroughly searched before they were allowed into the examination halls.

"I feel if anyone should scale through this examination, the person should be commended because I am tempted to say to a large extent, it was purely on merit,’’ she said.

Josiah Udom, another candidate, said that the introduction of the biometrics machines as well as Computer Based Test mode of examination had helped to reform the process.

Udom, however, decried the high handedness displayed by some of the examiners toward the candidates.

"I really do not like the way some of the examiners talked to the candidates who walked up politely to them to ask very basic and simple questions.

"I think they should be cautioned and civil enough to know that examination is not a matter of life and death,” he said.

Meanwhile, one of the examiners who spoke on condition of anonymity said that such measures were strategic and the examination had been hitch free.

"As expected, the examination had gone smoothly since the day we started. Everything has been working fine, all the materials for the examination fully in place and there has been steady power supply.

"Like the UTME, the candidates take the examinations in batches, and as soon as their time is up, they are clocked out,” he said.

An Admission officer of the institution, who also spoke on condition of anonymity, told NAN that results of the candidates were expected to be released by Thursday and advised candidates to check their results on-line.

 - NAN

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