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JAMB’s Shocking Betrayal: Direct Entry Students Left Stranded and in Danger at Nationwide Offices!

Nigerian Exams Body, JAMB Abandons ‘Direct Entry’ Students At Various Offices Nationwide, Endangers the Live Of Applicants

JAMB’s Neglect of Direct Entry Students Causes Distress and Jeopardizes Applicants’ Lives

NOTE: This was revealed to SaharaReporters by some of the affected students, who decried how the whole process by JAMB had become “extremely frustrating due to the examination body’s centralisation policy.”

Numerous Nigerian students are currently facing a distressing situation as they find themselves stranded and abandoned at various Joint Admissions and Matriculation Board (JAMB) offices across the nation. These students were supposed to undergo the Direct Entry Registration Exercise but have encountered immense difficulties due to the examination body’s centralized policy, which has become a source of extreme frustration for them.

Under JAMB’s current policy, individuals seeking admission through Direct Entry are mandated to register exclusively at JAMB State offices located nationwide. This restriction has led to overcrowding at these centers, causing significant challenges for the students. One student expressed his exasperation after making seven attempts to complete his registration at different JAMB offices in various states. Despite relocating from Kwara State to Lagos State in the hope of a smoother process, he was disappointed to discover that the situation remained unchanged.

He lamented, “This is my seventh time at the JAMB office, where we are required to write down our names repeatedly. I have faced numerous obstacles in Kwara, and I even came to Lagos State hoping for a different experience. Unfortunately, it’s even worse here in Lagos. I spent over three hours under the scorching sun yesterday and still wasn’t attended to. Now I find myself back here today, unsure of what they will do.”

Another student shared her ordeal, accusing JAMB of consistently offering excuses that undermine the entire registration process. She explained, “I have been going to the JAMB office since March, right after registration began, and this is my fifth time here. They constantly come up with excuses, and the stress of coming here every day is infuriating. On top of the exhausting visits, we still have to endure standing under the hot sun for hours. This is the unnecessary stress we endure just because we want to pursue education in our own country.”

In a previous report, SaharaReporters highlighted that the National Association of Nigerian Students (NANS) called for the decentralization of the ongoing 2023 JAMB Direct Entry registration exercise throughout the country. NANS firmly believes that restricting the registration of candidates exclusively to JAMB offices located in state capitals is a mockery, considering the abundance of ICT infrastructure available in Nigeria. The association emphasized that applicants living far from the state capital are forced to embark on unintended journeys solely to register for Direct Entry, thereby risking their lives due to prevailing insecurity and dilapidated road conditions nationwide.

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