JAMB expresses preparedness for computer-based examination

Mr. Gabriel said the CBT will take place in over 163 centres in Nigeria and abroad, saying the date was sacrosanct.

The Joint Admission and Matriculation Board, JAMB, on Wednesday fixed May 17 to 31 for the conduct of 2014 Unified Tertiary Matriculation Examination, UTME, through Computer Based Test, CBT.

This is contained in a statement signed by Fabian Gabriel, the Head of Public Relations of the board, and issued to journalists in Abuja.

Mr. Gabriel said the CBT will take place in over 163 centres in Nigeria and abroad, saying the date was sacrosanct.

He also described CBT as the best mode of examination and urged the candidates to reprint their e-slip in the event they missed or
misplaced their schedules.

“The CBT remains the best mode as it provides better platform for the candidates to articulate their educational pursuit.

“It eliminates result black-out or incomplete results and eliminates examination malpractice and enhances prompt release of scores two hours after the examination, among other benefits too numerous to mention,” the statement said.

Mr. Gabriel said over 616,000 candidates, including 250 prisoners in Ikoyi and Kaduna, are expected to sit for the examination.

He said that the board was determined to go full-blown with CBT in 2015 UTME, owing to success recorded in 2013 and the quests to sanitise the education sector.

The CBT was introduced in 2012 while the maiden edition was conducted in the 2013 UTME alongside the conventional Paper Pencil Test and Dual Based Test.

Mr. Gabriel quoted the Registrar of JAMB, Dibu Ojerinde, as saying that the desire to go full swing with CBT in 2015 is non-negotiable.

He urged Nigerians to see it as a revolution in the examination industry.

(NAN)

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