" ITREALMS: JAMB says ‘No going back on Computer-Based Test’ on UTME

Thursday, March 30, 2017

JAMB says ‘No going back on Computer-Based Test’ on UTME

The Joint Admissions and Matriculation Board (JAMB), has described as "misleading" reports in some news media that it had dumped the Computer-Based Test (CBT) mode in the Unified Tertiary Matriculation Examination (UTME), reports ITRealms. 

The organization, ITRealms gathered, restated its determination to continue all its examinations using ComputerBased Test (CBT) mode.

JAMB spokesperson, Dr. Fabian Benjamin, informed ITRealms in Abuja via a press statement, that the clarification became necessary "following the misleading caption in the front page of The Nation of Thursday March 30 2017 with the headline: "JAMB dumps CBT, adopts eight keys."

Benjamin insisted that the headline was not only misleading, but capable of causing panic, distortion and confusion in the minds of Nigerians particularly the candidates planning to take the UTME of a well-conceived CBT examination which the Board was consolidating on the gains and feat recorded.

"This report was mischievous because more than 10 other journalists were there at the retreat where the Eight keys intended to make the navigation of the examination easy and friendly  for first time user of computer or any electronic device was restated.

"The serial misleading captions of the Board activities by Nation even when their reporters are at such functions send accurate report to their headquarters is a clear demonstration of an orchestrated attempt to pull the Board down and berates her desire to improve the fortunes of the education sector as it concern public examination.

"In our attempt to make CBT friendly, JAMB introduced the use of 8 keys without a mouse. This we have explained to Nigerians and all stakeholders at the just-concluded strategic planning.

He pointed out on supervision and evaluation of the conduct of the 2017 UTME in Kaduna, where JAMB had the privilege of having over a 100 distinguished scholars from the academia, civil society and  other critical stakeholders.

At the meeting, the JAMB Registrar, Prof. Is-haq Oloyede was quoted as saying that they are determined to continue to innovate on policies that will ease the phobia for CBT, one of which is the introduction of the use of 8 keys without a mouse.

Uj. N. Dominic with additional report by Uboshe Uboshe/GEE

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