The Nigerian Government has expressed satisfaction with the general conduct of the ongoing Unified Tertiary Matriculation Examinations.
The Permanent Secretary, Federal Ministry of Education, Mr Sony Echono stated this when he led the Registrar of the Joint Admissions and matriculation Board, JAMB Prof. Ishaq Oloyede and other management staff to monitor the examination in Abuja.
Mr Echono said the smooth conduct of the exercise indicated establishment of efficiency in the examination process.
“We have gotten a good hand on it, efficiency has been established and we are improving on it each time.”
According to him, “This year, we had some innovations; even at the point to take your exams, we take your biometrics and it is the only basis with which even your questions can be activated on our computer.”
“Everything is moving smoothly, candidate are also adjusting to the CBT test system, we are proud to have professor Oloyede who with his integrity and commitment has given this to us,” he said.
“The added advantage of this is that we are transforming our education sector, digitizing our educational curriculum and that is what we want to show Nigerians” the Permanent Secretary added.
“We had minimal hitches nationwide and we programmed it in such a manner that the students are able to access this examination.”
“This is an effective mode and our universities are beginning to participate in the process because we all are seeing what is done and gradually we will do away with some of the other supplementary procedures that they do,” Echono said.
Meanwhile, Candidates scheduled to write the examination at the Global Distance Learning Programme Institute, opposite the Federal Ministry of Finance, Central Business District, Abuja, were barred from entering the examination hall for arriving minutes late.
The affected candidates told Voice of Nigeria that they arrived late because JAMB provided multiple addresses in their printed slips.
Speaking on the issue, JAMB’s Head of Media, Dr Fabian Benjamin, denied that the organisation committed any wrong.
Fabian said JAMB doesn’t condone lateness, he added that the candidates who missed their scheduled examination cannot be rescheduled as according to him, their questions which were individually programmed had returned to the source.
According to him, the affected candidates mistook examination centres for examination towns.
He explained that instead of going to their examination centres, the candidates went to examination town chosen by the board to guide them on the limitation of the area their examination centres were restricted to.
The Head of Media said the exercise had been hitch-free, he admitted that there were challenges in some areas.
“There are no centres where you won’t have any challenges at all,” he said, explaining that, “In one of the centres, they had challenges and couldn’t write exams and we rescheduled them to take their examinations today.”
“We have set machineries in motion to address such challenges when they occur. The important thing is there are processes to address those challenges when they arrive, we have been addressing them.
Fabian added that there were issues of biometrics and local area network issues; he said some cables were not trunked properly.
Source: Voice of Nigeria