In line with its steady move towards ‘computerizing’ its examinations, the Joint Admissions and Matriculation Board (JAMB) has organised a programme to sensitize students on how to write the Computer Based Test (CBT) both in Unified Tertiary Matriculation Examination, UTME), and other examinations across the nation.

The sensitization programme took place at the Ikechukwu Iheanacho ICT Centre (IIIC) on February 13, 2014 at exactly 9:30 am with not less than one hundred students selected from various secondary schools across the Ekiti North senatorial district to participate in this programme. JAMB Assistant Director, Corporate Support Services, Ajiboye Maxwell, who anchored the programme, spoke on the importance of the exercise to the students and to the society.

According to him, the sensitization exercise was to make students accustomed to the practice of writing their examinations by the use of computer thereby eliminating phobias associated with such exams in real life situations. It was also intended to address some problems that have dogged JAMB-organised examinations. These include examination malpractices, loss of transcript during examination, withholding and late release of results, to mention only a few. The adoption of the CBT will eventually assist in enhancing ICT skills among the candidates, when the Paper Based Test (PBT) and its related problems would have been completely phased out.

Enumerating the comparative advantage of the CBT over the PBT, Mr. Ajiboye said that the computer would submit the answer script on behalf of the students, mark such scripts, record scores, and release results almost immediately. It would make the results of any examination conducted by JAMB to be ready within a week. According to him, the CBT allows for flexibility while the results will be on the internet for any candidate to check at any point in time.

The students were later assigned a computer each to demonstrate what they had been taught during the programme. JAMB moderator of the event adjudged their performance satisfactory.