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April 20, 2010

JAMB to conduct 2011 UTME online

By Chris Ochayi
ABUJA—The Federal Government said yesterday that the Joint Admissions and Matriculation Board, JAMB, would conduct next year’s Unified Tertiary Matriculation Examination, UTME, online nationwide.
Minister of Education, Professor Ruqayyatu  Rufa’i, who said this at the submission of Implementation Committee on e-learning draft report in Abuja, added that the government was ready to deploy e-learning infrastructure across the education sector to ensure the purpose is achieved.

She said electronic learning is now a common platform to enhancing education delivery all over the world, adding, “our country must keep abreast of the current trends in education sector to meet our diverse developmental objectives.”

According to her: “it is as a result of this that the Federal Ministry of Education sought the approval of the Federal Government to deploy e-learning infrastructure across the education sector.”

Prof. Rufa’i stressed further, “I am proud to say that not only have Mr. President and the Executive Council recognised the importance of this in our nation’s transformational goals, the initiative has now been adopted by the Federal Government.

“To ensure sustainability, the initiative would be initiated through Public Private Partnership, PPP. In doing so, we are going to be guided by the Infrastructure Concession Regulatory Committee, which is a member of the implementation committee.

“E-learning is about the application of Information and Communication Technology, ICT. It will enhance efficiency and quality in all areas of our education system. We must pool our resources to ensure that this is deployed without delay.

“The e-learning cuts across all sectors, it is ideal therefore, to have a collective approach towards funding the project. I understand that the STEP-B National Project secretariat has funds for Bandwidth Aggression in our federal universities.

“Since this is an element of e-learning, I am directing that this fund be used towards the deployment of e-learning. It will benefit not only the universities, but also other post-basic and tertiary institutions.

Prof. Rufa’i further declared, “the e-learning initiative is among my core areas of concentration in the next few months”, adding, “and I will do everything to focus my attention on the project”.