By James, Michael Igiri
The Joint Admissions and Matriculation Board (JAMB), has announced its resolve to abolish Computer Based Test (CBT) method for Unified Tertiary Matriculation Examination
(UTME) due to low computer literacy level of candidates.
It has also, in collaboration with a private institute, resolved to set up dedicated UTME
Centres for visually impaired candidates in Abuja, Lagos, and Kano in 2018. Registrar of the
board, Prof. Is-haq Olanrewaju Oloyede, who said this in Kaduna yesterday, however, said
the board wouldn’t not revert to the old paper and pencil mode, but an “eight-key devise”.
He spoke at the opening of Strategic Planning Retreat on Monitoring and Supervision of
2017 UTME at Arewa House in Kaduna. Oloyede said the device would eradicate the
challenge of low computer literacy and phobia for mouse by some candidates.
He said: “from the general feedback on the adoption of the Computer-Based Test mode, we
have noted the challenge of computer low level literacy of some candidates, especially with
the phobia for the mouse. This has been responsible partly for the call by some people for
reversal to the paper and pencil test mode.
“To ensure equity and level playground for all candidates taking Unified Tertiary
Matriculation Examination, the board has designed a system that will allow candidates use
only eight keys without the use of mouse. All the candidates need to do is to press the
letters A, B, C, D for responses to questions and keys: P, N, S and R representing; previous
question, next question, submit and reverse, respectively.”
On the new arrangements for the visually impaired candidates, the JAMB Registrar said
Digital Bridge Institute in partnership with the board has agreed to set-up three dedicated
centres in Abuja, Lagos, and Kano in 2018. He added that the board would support the
centres with necessary inputs.
Ahead of 2018, when the project of dedicated centres will come to fruition, the board has
reached an understanding with the association for the blind persons in Nigeria and blind
students in Lagos that an abridged approach would be used for the 2017 UTME, whereby all
prospective blind candidates would be invited to three centres in the country for special
assessment in their subjects of choice and relevance to their desired courses and
Oloyede while addressing the participants, most of whom are external supervisors drawn
from various tertiary institutions and education sector, said concerned stakeholders must
take UTME as their own and make it a project.
He noted that the conduct of the board’s examination, which is a selection examination, is
the foundation of quality education. Oloyede, therefore, advised stakeholders to see their
involvement in UTME as a call to national duty and personal sacrifice.
The registrar said the agency may reduce the timeline for the UTME from three hours to
two hours. He added that the question papers will be uploaded five minutes to the
examinations to check malpractice.
He said: “As for the 2017 UTME, it is likely we reduce the duration of the examinations. We
are looking at two hours for the examinations instead of the present three-hour timeline.
This is in line with international best practices.
“As for the candidates, for their age, the maximum time they can sit for examinations is two
hours. Even in terms of International Standard, for primary school pupils, the maximum time
for examinations is between 45minutes and one hour.”
He confirmed that about 300,000 candidates might sit for the mock UTME examinations on
April 8, which will be used to test-run, its new technology to make its examinations easier
Source: The Nation Newspaper