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Expert Hails JAMB’s Adoption of CBT

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Against the ongoing controversy trailing the planned use of the Computer-Based Testing (CBT) method during the forthcoming Unified Tertiary Matriculation Examination (UTME) by the Joint Admissions and Matriculations Board (JAMB), the Managing Director of Dragnet Solutions, Nigeria’s first indigenous CBT solution provider, Mr. Robert Ikazoboh, has praised the decision, saying its success would be a boost to efforts being made to curb examination malpractice and achieve accuracy.

He said the exam body deserves commendation for taking the bold step.

I think JAMB should be praised for this development. The truth is that it is inevitable that Nigeria would adopt it; so why not start now?

This CBT move will drag Nigeria into the realities of the 21st Century as far as education, assessments and testing are concerned and that is why we should commend and support the initiative.”

Speaking on the directive by the House of Representatives that the plan of adopting CBT be suspended for now, Ikazoboh noted that the reservations expressed towards the move were understandable, given that it had never been tried before. “I can understand all the agitations that the CBT concept has generated. It is something new to the Nigerian system and that’s why people are suspicious of it.

Indeed, education is such a delicate thing and if you understand that it is the powerhouse of any serious nation, you will then see why members of the National Assembly are treading with caution. But I want to appeal to them to give it a chance. Technology is the future and CBT is the future of education in Nigeria. The benefits of it are so numerous that we can’t afford to be left behind.

“The beauty of what JAMB is doing is that it is not forcing the method down the throats of everyone taking the exam this year. JAMB has come out to say that they will start this year with a pilot scheme.
They will be using it along with the Paper to Pen Testing (PPT) until 2015, when CBT will fully come on board for all JAMB examinations. Within that frame of time, JAMB would have tested the system, discovered the lapses and rectified them.


Source: National Mirror Website

March 20, 2013 |

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