Vanguard (Lagos)

29 November 2012

Nigeria: JAMB Picks Yabatech As 2013 UTME CBT Centre

The Joint Admission and Matriculation Board (JAMB) has picked Yaba College of Technology as one of its Computer Based Test (CBT) centres for its take off of the 2013 Unified Tertiary Matriculation Examination (UTME) having met all the criteria of qualifying as CBT centers.

This was revealed by the JAMB Registrar, Professor Dibu Ojerinde during his visit to the College on sensitisation of programme on campaign on Computer Based Test (CBT), newly introduced mode of conducting JAMB Examinations.

Explaining the importance of the CBT, to the management and staff of Yaba College of Technology Professor Ojerinde said that CBT is to ensure prompt delivery of raw scores, eliminate result blackout, and eliminate case of incomplete results and checks examination malpractice.

According to him, "CBT is the administration of an examination using computer with a flexible format that enables the test to be taken at different locations and makes room for accurate, precise and fair assessment of the candidates". He highlighted the benefits of CBT as being fast with immediate feedback, adding that it offers automated analysis of results, is accurate and in line with global best practices.

Professor Ojerinde stated that the CBT centres are also known as examination locations identified across the country where candidates can take Computer Based Test, and these centres are equipped with modern infrastructures that would enable the conduct of CBT.

He, however, allayed the fears of stake holders on expected loopholes which he claimed have been blocked especially the area of candidates' ICT compliance, handicapped candidates, grassroot areas and power supply among others.

Earlier in her welcome address, the Rector of Yaba College of Technology, Dr. Mrs. Margaret Kudirat Ladipo said the introduction of Computer Based Test CBT for the 2013 Unified Tertiary Matriculation Examination (UTME) is indeed laudable and must be commended. "It is our hope that with the multiplicity of challenges in the area of text scores, examination administration will be a thing of the past," she averred.

Dr. Ladipo extolled JAMB as Nigeria's academic regulatory agency and official entrance body for tertiary level institutions whose impact is felt across the federation and neighbouring countries.

She said that over 100,000 candidates who sat for JAMB in the last three examinations chose Yabatech as more preferred choice.

However, the Rector lamented that the college can only offer admission to less than 3,000 candidates despite the college's recent improvement in carrying capacity. She stressed the college's belief in JAMB and promised to always support it in the common cause to improve the standard of education for the future of the nation.

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