By DAYO ADESULU
Managing Director, Dragnet Solutions, Mr. Robert Ikazoboh, has identified technology as a key element that will bring value and help develop the education sector in the country, particularly in examination administration.
Speaking at a media parley, Ikazoboh, owner of the Face Of Testing, Nigeria’s first indigenous computer-based testing solution as well as Scholastica, a leading e-scholarship and bursary solutions in the country, said the deployment of technology will engender the speedy growth of the education industry.
“We can’t move this country forward without focusing on the education sector because the sector is the warehouse from which the brains that will move the country forward will emerge from. In this age, we must do all we can to bring the sector up to speed and we need to do this using cutting edge technology.”
Ikazoboh made special reference to the Computer-Based Testing (CBT) initiative, which he described as the future of examination assessment in the country, while he also called on Nigerians to accept the CBT option being introduced by the Joint Admissions and Matriculation Board (JAMB) in its examination.
“By now, this country should be adopting CBT in virtually all of our educational institutions especially the secondary and tertiary institutions. We simply can’t go on with the Paper To Pen mode of assessment in this country. Imagine the cumbersome task the teachers face especially when they have many students to attend to. With CBT, the results of tests are ready just as the candidate concludes the examination and there is no need to physically handle the scripts. That is why we applaud JAMB for taking the bold step by adopting CBT for the UTME.”
Ikazoboh also called on public and private sector scholarship and bursary awarding institutions to use technology platform in disbursing scholarships and bursaries so as to make the process more credible and efficient.
“Though most private and public institutions strive to contribute to the education sector by awarding scholarships and bursaries, we must ask ourselves how impactful the process has been because in most cases, we see individuals getting two or more scholarships while deserving and eligible individuals are left out.
“But using technology, such can be managed such that ghost and multiple recipients will become a thing of the past. For instance, biometric technology will surely bring efficiency and value to the system.”