Joint Admissions and Matriculation Board (JAMB), has announced plans to stage out the Paper Pencil Test (PPT) mode beginning from the 2015 academic year.
The decision by the board was partly hinged on logistic challenges associated with conducting the Paper Pencil Test, particularly with the distribution of examination question and answer sheets to states.
The action is also hinged on the spate of insecurity in the country and high cost of settling officials deplored to man the various centres.
Registrar and Chief Executive of JAMB, Dibu Ojerinde, announced the decision at the commissioning of a N150million model Computer Based Test (CBT) centre in Kogo Bwari, Abuja, on Friday.
According to the registrar, “We are not going back to PPT anymore; this is the end of PPT in the country. PPT was full of fraud, malpractices logistic problems and insecurity. So, we do not want to go back to it; we now have a solution with the introduction of CBT. We are forging ahead with it.”
Ojerinde lamented that the board uses over 98 vehicles to distribute examination material to the centres, a development he noted does not also guarantee the security of the materials.
On the preparedness of JAMB to go full-scale with the ICT concept, he said there are over 156 CBT centres nationwide and 10 were personally built by the board.
Supervising Minister of Education, Nyesom Wike, who commissioned the centre, urged other public examination bodies in the country to take a cue from JAMB in order to synergise the administration of public examinations in Nigeria.
Wike pledged Federal Government’s assistance to complement the existing centres in the country, adding that government intends to review the education curriculum to produce graduates that can create jobs and add value to the economy.
“The JAMB experience is already a model in Africa and has become a national pride which can proudly be showcased to the world.
“It is, therefore, incumbent that the board should do everything possible to maintain the standard already set with the introduction of CBT in large scale assessment,” he said.
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