By Dayo Adesulu
LAGOS— The Joint Admissions and Matriculation Board, JAMB, yesterday, refuted the publication of a national newspaper that it has canceled the Computer Based Testing, CBT.
He said the introduction of eight keys was to enable candidates, who are not computer literate, answer examination questions effortlessly.
Director of Information, JAMB, Dr Fabian Benjamin, who spoke with Vanguard, yesterday, said:”There is no going back on the Computer Based Testing, CBT.”
According to him, the clarification became necessary following the misleading caption in the front page of the newspaper yesterday that “JAMB dumps CBT, adopts eight keys.”
He said: “ The headline was not only misleading but capable of causing panic, distortion and confusion in the minds of Nigerians, particularly the candidates planning to take the UTME examination of a well conceived CBT examination which the board was consolidating on the gains and feat recorded.”
In view of this, he urged all stakeholders to disregard the report and continue to support their drive towards excellence.
Meanwhile, explaining the functions of the 8 keys, Benjamin said that the eight keys intended to make the navigation of the examination easy and friendly for first time user of computer or any electronic device.
He said: “In order to ensure equity and level playground for all candidates taking Unified Tertiary Matriculation Examination, the Board has designed a system that will allow candidates use only eight keys without the use of mouse.”
“All the candidates need to do is to press the letters A,B,C,D for responses to questions and keys: P, N, S and R representing; previous question, next question, submit and reverse, respectively”.
“In our attempt to make CBT friendly, the Board introduced the use of 8 keys without a mouse . This we have explained to Nigerians and all stakeholders at the Board strategic planning Retreat on “supervision and evaluation of the conduct of the 2017 Unified Tertiary Matriculation Examination ( UTME ) in Kaduna” where we had the privilege of having over a hundred distinguished scholars from the academia, civil society and other critical stakeholders.”
At the meeting, he added that the JAMB Registrar restated the Board’s determination to continue to innovate on policies that will ease the phobia for computer based test. One of which is the introduction of the use of 8 keys without a mouse.