The Joint Admission Matriculation Board (JAMB), successfully switched from the Paper Pencil Test (PPT) and the Dual Based Test (DBT) to Computer Based Test (CBT) for candidates that wrote this year’s Unified Tertiary Matriculation Examination (UTME) held nationwide.
Daily Sun publication has it that the reason behind the efficacious switch was simply the aid of a software that performs core operational services like checking of candidates’ result, retrieval of registration number, result verification, checking of admission status, centre location.
Special facilities were also made available for the visually impaired candidates, that is the introduction of Braille technology for the blind.
In responds to challenges encountered, a JAMB official who preferred anonymity admitted that “the exam definitely posed a little challenge because it is technology-based.”
“Apart from the issue of electric power fluctuation at Stella Maris centre which was quickly addressed by moving candidates to another centre, the CBT seemed to be a success.”
Candidates, who had written JAMB before with the PPT system, said the CBT system is much better than the PPT. The JAMBITOS appeared to have liked it as it was just a click away.
A student, Olawole Dorcas, described it as, “very, very easy, you click the answer and that’s it.” Another, Shamsudeen Abdulahi, disclosed that: “The system is ok. I think it is a good design as there is no way you can giraffe for answers from your partner, cheat or make noise; you just face your work. ”
However, some candidates are still questioning the system asking about those from rural areas who do not know how to operate the computer. “If we don’t start now, when will we start?” Benjamin asked.
“Other nations have been doing computer-based tests as far back as 30 years and we are in 2015, and we are still talking about not knowing how to use computer and all that. We have to start now, so that we will get to somewhere. Whatever challenges we had this year, by the time we are doing it next year, there will be a tremendous improvement. What we are doing now is to reinforce the issue of the use of computer. By the time a school discovers that this is what we are doing, it will have no option than to begin to teach computer to its students and even have it. Most private schools use it and they are following the curriculum but some public schools are reluctant.”
Meanwhile, the Minister of State for Education, Prof. Viola Onwuliri, during the monitoring of the examination centres in Abuja, rated the CBT as “successful and quite impressive.” “I rate the exam an A, it is really exciting that it is happening in Nigeria today because President Jonathan is the president and that is why everybody must key into the Transformation Agenda,” she said.
Expressing her joy with the Brail Technology in use by blind candidates, she urged other examination bodies to try to use the system. “But they will have to adapt it into their kind of exam as all exams are not the same,” she added.