House of Representatives Committee on Basic Education yesterday backpedalled on the use of computer-based test (CBT) by the Joint Admissions and Matriculation Board (JAMB) for candidates seeking admission into tertiary institutions.
The committee had earlier rejected the system.
The House, in its sitting, had urged the Federal Government to direct JAMB to revert to the paper and pencil test (PPT) for candidates taking the Unified Tertiary Matriculation Examination (UTME), following protests over the use of CBT.
Chairman, House Committee on Basic Education, Zakari Muhammed during a visit to one of the centres in Bwari, FCT, Abuja yesterday, told reporters that the use of CBT was in line with global practice to sanitize the education system
He noted that the House never took a position on the use of CBT by JAMB.
Muhammed added that the House only discussed the conduct of the examination by the board.
He said those who wrote the examination outside Nigeria were leveraging on the flexibility and advantage of CBT.
According to him, the use of PPT by candidate was cumbersome and characterized with several irregularities and unwholesome activities.
“The House of Representatives Committee on Education is in support of the use of CBT by JAMB. The world is flying and we cannot be crawling.
“Today, those candidates are writing a rescheduled examination some of whom are sick because of the flexibility of CBT without which they would not have had this opportunity,” he said.
The chairman advised parents to be patient with the board, adding that the process was not as complex as it had been made to look.
He called on JAMB to identify the hitches and address them, adding that the House would support JAMB in putting infrastructure together to see that the new examination regime was stress-free.
Registrar, JAMB Prof. Dibu Ojerinde said the rescheduled examination was one of the flexibility of the CBT.
According to him, the conduct of the rescheduled examinations for candidates, who missed the UTME because of change in centres, was due to the use of the CBT.
He noted that the major objective of the board was to completely eliminate malpractice through the conduct of the CBT.
“Only CBT has the capacity to address all the challenge of the conduct of public examination in the 21st century.
“The 21st century child in Nigeria irrespective of where he or she comes from has no problem with CBT. The complexity developed by perpetrators of malpractice can never be detected by Paper and Pencil Test,” he said.
Ojerinde noted that so far, over 37 per cent of candidates scored 200 and above compared to the 32 per cent last year.
He added that 59 per cent scored 180 and above compared to the 55 per cent recorded last year.
He said this year’s performance was better than last year’s exercise.