Candidates seeking admission into higher institutions of learning for the 2019/2020 academic session in Rivers State have called for the cancelation of the computer based aptitude test conducted by institutions all over Nigeria.
Speaking with TNN, some of the candidates expressed the concern that the test was unnecessary and should stop. 24-year-old Johnson Ebeleiwu asserted, for example, said “let them cancel this aptitude test, they should cancel it and grant us admission with our Jamb and O' Level result.
“This is my fourth time of writing JAMB; it will be four times again after this aptitude test. You will score as good as 249 in JAMB, yet no admission, while people that scored 199 will be admitted”.
“I know what I'm saying. This Nigeria is very corrupt. This country is the only country in Africa that can prove to you that 199 is bigger than 249, so what else will you not see? Please they should cancel aptitude test in all the universities, tell us that if you have credit or alpha in these subjects and a minimum of a particular score in JAMB you can study this very course, I am tired, if I am not admitted this time, I will never apply again”.
Johnson added that in the last JAMB examination, he scored 237 but was not admitted since he was applying to the faculty of law in the Rivers State University of Science and Technology. He said if after scoring 249, he was not granted admission; he will know that education is not meant for him.
“If I don't get admitted this time around, I will look for someone to serve and simply go into business than wasting my time, by the way those with big titles and certificates are not equal to Dangote”.
Another candidate, Rose Oto'Obot, who scored 253 in the just concluded JAMB expressed hope of securing admission into the University of Calabar to study Mass Communication.
She said “I am not bothered, either way, cancelled or not, I must be in school. It's my second sitting, I didn't score so well last year but I am so sure of the admission this time”.
A staff of the Ignatius Ajuru College of Education, Mr. Progress Umoh added: “The problem is that there are so many laws and regulatory agents in this country and they are all doing the same thing. JAMB conducts exam and institutions also subject candidates to purchasing forms and sitting for another exam. For me, it's not necessary. If you are using JAMB, fine, if it's aptitude test, fine, not subjecting them to endless professional exams”.