The biometric registration had been introduced by the examination body to halt impersonation and other malpractices which characterised the conduct of the JAMB examinations in the recent past.
The biometric system is to capture the face, finger prints and other personal data of candidates just like how the Independent National Electoral Commission, INEC, compiled the last voters registration exercise for the conduct of the April 2011 general elections
A total of 1, 493, 603 candidates who registered for the 2011 UTME sat for the examination across the country and in six foreign countries.
Most centres across the FCT where the examination held did not commence at the scheduled time of 9 a.m. as the biometric machines were slow while some stopped working outright after some time.
The use of the technology resulted into a long queue of candidates.
This situation forced the Registrar of JAMB, Professor Dibu Ojerinde, who was on the field monitoring the exercise, to issue a directive suspending the use of the biometric computer at all the centres, at about 11.00 a.m., hence the revert to manual verification of candidates.
Meanwhile, the twin problem of the biometric system failure and absence of writing materials for the UTME candidates in some Lagos centres created a huge setback for the examination.
Many candidates who arrived their various centres hoping for the writing materials which include pencils, pen, erasers manual calculators etc, were disappointed as JAMB which was supposed to have provided the materials free failed in its responsibility.
As was the case last year, JAMB had earlier instructed candidates not to come into the examination halls with any materials as they were to be provided free by the examination body.
However, yesterday offered a differed scenario as candidates face more headaches. In many of the centers visited by our reporters in Ojo area, supervisors as well as officials of JAMB made frantic attempts to ameliorate candidates’ woes by looking for an alternative means of saving the emergency.
Overall, the conduct of the examination was smooth, attendance by candidates commendable, and various acts of insubordination minimal.
In several centres in the state, turnout was massive as candidates came in early for verification to match the personal data captured during the biometric registration.
Finger prints and photos of candidates had to be ascertained by the computer scanners mounted in all the centres.
Not less than 500 candidates sat for the examination in each centre.
Security check was stringent as candidates were scanned at the entrance of the examination halls, to ensure nobody brought GSM handsets, calculators, bags, etc.