- An educational group has commended the Joint Admissions and Matriculation Board (JAMB) over the success of its tertiary examination conducted on Saturday, May 13
- The group said Saturday's JAMB examination was hitch-free
- It also said the examination was orderly and met set standards in all centres monitored
The Joint Action Coalition on Education (JACE) has commended the Joint Admissions and Matriculation Board (JAMB) over the success of its tertiary examination conducted on Saturday, May 13.
The group, a coalition of various examination groups which monitored the Unified Tertiary Matriculation Examination (UTME) said JAMB's Saturday examination was hitch-free.
The group also said the examination was devoid of irregularities.
Speaking during a post UTME monitoring briefing on Sunday, May 14, the South--West zonal coordinator of JACE Ayokunle Adumashin said Saturday's examination was orderly and met set standards in all centres monitored.
Adumashin said the adoption of Computer-Based Test has reduced the cases of malpractices in JAMB.
He also said the installation of Close Circuit Television (CCTV) cameras at the examination centres contributed to the level of low examination malpractices recorded.
"JACE therefore commend the management team of JAMB as led by its Registrar, Professor Ishaq Oloyede, for the excellent handling of the 2017 UMTE," Adumashin said.
He further urged JAMB to carry out a holistic review of any lapses observed with a view to remedying before the next examination.
"JACE, through its membership, was able to deploy monitors in each of the 36 states of the federation and the FCT. Our observers monitored the examination for incidents, compliance with global standards in the handling of examinations, and provision of conducive environment," he said.
"From our observations: the examination was orderly and met set standards in all the centres monitored by our coalition. The few incidents recorded, which were not significant, were largely issues pertaining to human factor and not caused by systems or process.
"The mock examination earlier conducted by JAMB proved useful in exposing candidates to what to expect in the actual examination. This is an initiative that should be sustained.
The examination showed the imperative for continued investment in broadband access and stability in addition to improving on power supply situation in the country. The suggested improvements would totally eliminate the few glitches recorded.
Secondary schools should improve on exposing students to ICT so that the country can get to a stage where candidates do not experience cyberphobia or fear of computers or technology at such critical time in their life."
"The provision for special needs candidates is commendable. We however urge the Board not to relent in innovating to further make the process pleasant for such candidates," Adumashin noted.
He also urged parents to ensure they familiarize their children with contemporary technology and trends before they complete secondary school.
This he said will minimize the potentials for the children struggling with 'technophobia' at decisive points in their lives.
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