Thursday, 30 March 2017

JAMB Dumps Computer-Based Test For ‘eight-key Device’


THE Joint Admission 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 would not revert to the old paper and pencil mode, but an “ eight -key device ”.
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.”
Edited from The Nation