The Registrar of the Joint Admissions and Matriculation Board, Dibu Ojerinde, has said visually impaired candidates would not be excluded from the 2015 Computer Based Test.
Mr. Ojerinde said the matriculation examination was an all-inclusive examination for every Nigerian child irrespective of their disabilities.
Mr. Ojerinde stated this through the Director of Test Administration, Yusuf Lawal, when he received a delegation from the Anglo-Nigeria Welfare Association for the Blind in his office at the Board’s Headquarters in Abuja.
Mr. Lawal said no candidate would be discriminated against or denied their right on account of one disability or another in their pursuit of tertiary education.
Speaking at the meeting, Danlami Basharu, a representative of the association, said the Board was a responsible and responsive organization which had taken note of the interests of all candidates with a view to delivering on its mandate.
He said the Board was working round the clock to ensure fairness to all candidates irrespective of their disabilities.
He noted that the Braillenote Apex, a refreshable braille display gadget provided, was in furtherance of the Board’s commitment to making the examination all- inclusive.
Mr. Basharu added that the Board had carried out several trial-testing on the use of the Braillenote Apex in four states – Lagos, Enugu, Plateau and Ogun – to enable candidates have a feel of the machine.
“JAMB is proactive and would ensure that visually impaired candidates are kept abreast of contemporary issues and challenges,” he said. “We are not saying that there will be no issues, but as a responsive agency we are committed to ensuring that no candidate is disadvantaged.”
Mr. Basharu further commended JAMB for making extra efforts to ensure that every Nigerian child was given equal opportunity to access tertiary education.
He also expressed his satisfaction with the provisions the Board had made so far in ensuring that candidates with disabilities were well catered for in the CBT examination.
He, however, urged the Board to enter into partnership with the association to enable it help in sensitizing the visually impaired candidates on the Board’s activities as it had more access to the Board.
Mr. Basharu promised to spread the gospel of the innovation to all members and particularly those who had expressed reservations on the new technology. He said the investment in the visually impaired candidates was huge and prayed that the Federal Government key into this noble gesture.
Mr. Lawal, meanwhile, disclosed that the 2015 UTME would begin on March 9.