The Registrar, Joint Admissions and Matriculation Board (JAMB), Professor Dibu Ojerinde, has disclosed to schoolwatch.com.ng grapevine that the post-UTME screening tests conducted by institutions of higher learning would soon be weed out, following the introduction of the Computer-Based Test (CBT).
Speaking with schoolwatch.com.ng in llorin at the weekend, Ojerinde said that Computer-Based Test has reduce examination malpractice and other forms of irregularities..
Ojerinde said: “Post JAMB tests will die naturally. The way it will die is by the way of CBT. If we are sure that children who are doing the examinations are no longer cheating, if we are sure that the parents are no longer helping them to cheat, in fact it is practically impossible to come and help the children to do the examination now. I know some individuals got to the website to say, “come and increase your score” by whatever means, they can never do it. It is not possible and I have seen somebody who got two scores, he got a fake one and he got the correct one from us.
“So I think we are saying let us increase the standard of education, if the standard of examination is good, if children know that they cannot cheat, they will go back to their books…By and large, the standard of education will improve”.
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“The introduction of the Computer-Based Test has reduced the level of leakages of exam papers. Anybody who goes out and says these are the questions they will ask me and that person believes that he is going in to meet the same kind of questions in the exam hall will be disappointed. He is not going to meet the same questions, so it is zero per cent leakage. I can prove that to you that examination malpractice has been completely reduced.
As the candidates sit by their systems, you can see them and their pictures on their screens. If a male is sitting down and you see a female picture, wouldn’t you know he’s not the right candidate? The system of biometrics will even expose them. The process of examination attendance list will expose them, so most of these problems that we encountered are gone.”
The registrar noted that the CBT method had maximally improved the performance of students, saying applicants who did CBT in the previous examination performed better than their counterparts who used pen and paper.
According to him, the CBT system is a way of preparing candidates ahead of the challenge in universities where they would be extensively drilled.
“By and large, as far as I am concerned, it (the last examination) was a success. It is a thing that has never happened in Africa or any part of the world to the extent that we examined about 1.46 million candidates within 10 or 11 days. When we subjected them to the use of computer, parents complained, they said they had never used computer, we said let them go there. We gave them tutorial of 15 minutes and they were able to cope”.
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