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JAMB Moves To Make UME Results Relevant For Three Years

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The Joint Admission and Matriculation Board on Thursday said it was exploring ways to make the Universities Matriculation Examination results useable for admissions beyond just a year. Our Correspondent Registrar of the board, Prof.

It said if that was achievable, the examination would be conducted in form of aptitude tests rather than an achievement test.

The Registrar of JAMB, Prof. Dibu Ojerinde, stated this in response to appeals by other education bodies to make the UME results relevant to admission purposes longer than a year.

On Wednesday, the Registrar of the National Examination Council, Prof. Promise Okpala, during a seminar to mark the 30th anniversary of JAMB, said the UME results would be more relevant to Nigerian students if they could be used for admission for an upward of three years.

Ojerinde said JAMB was working towards that despite the challenges that would abound in realising such ambitions.

He said, “We can work towards that. It’s a very good move that UME result does not expire annually. But it’s not going to be achievement test. It will be more of an aptitude test, which measures the potential of an individual.

“Aptitude test is a way of measuring the inner potentiality of an individual. It is possible and we can do it. We are already doing for some banks and oil companies.

“I don’t know yet when this will take off because we have not fully looked at the possibility.

“Meanwhile, what we are looking at the moment is e-testing and with the problems in terms of infrastructure and knowledge of children in terms of use of computer, I think we are a little bit constrained.


Source: The Punch (Friday, 28 Nov 2008)

December 1, 2008 |

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