13 November 2012

Nigeria: Online Examination - JAMB Calls for Supply of Computers to Schools

The Coordinator, Joint Admissions and Matriculation Board (JAMB) in Taraba, Mrs Veronica Ayuba, has appealed to the state government to provide computers to secondary schools for the newly introduced Computer Based test (CBT).

Ayuba made the appeal on Tuesday in Jalingo at the inauguration of the CBT in the 2013 Unified Tertiary Matriculation Examination (UTME).

The coordinator noted that most of the secondary schools in the state neither had enough computers nor Internet facilities, a situation which, she said, could undermine the programme.

She said at least 150 computers should be provided to every CBT test centre in accordance with the JAMB standard.

Ayuba, however, explained that candidates had the choice to register for the conventional paper test, the dual computer paper test or the new CBT.

Speaking at the occasion, the state Commissioner for Education, Mr Yakubu Agbaizo, said the introduction of CBT signified that very soon, non computer literate students might not be able to sit for UTME.

"It is a known fact that we are now in the computer age.

"That means no matter how brilliant you are, you either learn how to operate computer or end up failing the examination," he said.

The commissioner said the CBT was adopted to tackle the delay in the release of results as well as to curb the menace of examination malpractice.

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