Some parents and candidates for the Unified Tertiary Matriculation Examination (UTME) in Abuja have called on JAMB to increase the time frame for registration.

They also want the number of registration centres increased. 

In separate interviews with the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) on Sunday, they said considering the challenges faced so far, the number of centres and four-week period for registration were not sufficient.

Mrs Vicky Anyembe, a parent who spoke with NAN at one of the accredited Computer Based Test (CBT) Centres said it took her child three days to register for the examination because of the slow internet at the centre.

She said,p she and her child have been leaving the house every day before 6a.m to ensure they were among the first to register but to no avail because the centre has been having poor internet.

“If you ask me, I will say we are not ready for this computerised process because people are suffering to register.

“Government should do something about it maybe create more centres to ease the process.

“Some of these children have to return to the bank because of one issue or the other and the bank is not close by; it is dangerous sending these children across the highway,’’ she said.

The parent also urged the government to take nearest of residents into consideration before picking centres, adding that whatever is needed for the registration to be successful should be within a given environment.

Mr Adams John, another parent, complained of overcrowding in the banks because of the limited number of banks within the area.

John said the process also took his boys three days to complete, and called on the government to device other means of making the process less burdensome.

“I suggest that we can go back to buying scratch cards so that the children can register at their own convenience within the given time frame by JAMB.

“Also the issue of limited banks has to be addressed if the authorities really want the candidates to register within the four weeks period; or there may be need to extend the time,’’ he said.

Master Sani Ismail, a candidate commended JAMB for the new innovations in the registration process.

Ismail, however, called for an extension of time for the registration.

“The process of registration is okay, there has been an improvement but the problem we have is the time, it is too short.

“This is a nationwide examination; JAMB gave four weeks which is too short. I suggest that from next year they can make it two months so that people can register,” he said.