Dr. Fabian Benjamin

JAMB: we only modified Computer-Based Test for UTME

The Joint Admissions and Matriculation Board said yesterday it had not dumped the use of Computer Based-Test mode for its Unified Tertiary Matriculation Examination (UTME).

The agency, in a statement yesterday by its spokesperson, Dr. Fabian Benjamin, in Abuja, said the clarification became necessary  following a report that JAMB had dumped the use of CBT for eight keys.

The statement reads: “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 examination of a well-conceived CBT examination, which the Board was consolidating on the gains and feat recorded.

“This report was disturbing 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.

“In our attempt to make CBT friendly,  the board introduced the use of 8 keys without a mouse . This we have explained to Nigerians and all stakeholders at the board’s strategic planning retreat on supervision and evaluation of the conduct of the 2017 Unified Tertiary Matriculation Examination ( UTME ) in Kaduna,  where we had the privilege of having over a hundred distinguished scholars from the academia, civil society and other critical stakeholders.

“At the meeting, the JAMB Registrar restated the board’s determination to continue to innovate on policies that will ease the phobia for computer-based test. One of which is the introduction of the use of 8 keys without a mouse.

“We see this  embarrassing caption as one of those things that happened in every human endeavour. The question we are asking is on what platform will the 8 keys be placed?

“In view of this, we call on all Nigerians to disregard this  report and to appeal to all stakeholders to continue to support our drive towards excellence.”

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