Computer based exams: Fear of leakage worries JAMB

Filed in JOINT ADMISSION AND MATRICULATION BOARD by on February 28, 2014 0 Comments

Fear of gaining unauthorised access to examination questions by computer hackers may force the Joint Admissions and Matriculation Board (JAMB) to drop the selected examination centres in Adamawa State for the computer based examinations.

Speaking in an exclusive interview with grapevine, the Adamawa State Coordinator of JAMB, Malam Buba Gashua, said the wireless networks used by the computerised examination centres in Adamawa State were vulnerable to hacking, hence, the board preferred centres using more secured land based technology.

He said JAMB is migrating from paper to computer-based test starting from April, adding that the centres selected in Adamawa are the American University of Nigeria (AUN) and the Federal College of Education (FCE).

He said: “All the centres are using wireless devices and the problem with wireless is hacking; someone can easily hack. The centres must improve their facilities to meet our requirements.”

Meanwhile, the JAMB Director, Corporate Support Services, Hajiya A’isha Dahiru, stated that JAMB may set up its own examination centre in Yola to cater for its needs.

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