By Joseph Erunke
ABUJA-MINISTER of Education, Mallam Adamu Adamu, has expressed satisfaction with the level of preparedness towards the 2018 Unified Tertiary Matriculation Examinations, UTME, scheduled to take place by next month.
Adamu, who spoke to newsmen, Friday, after monitoring some Joint Admissions and Matriculation Board, JAMB Computer Based Test, CBT centres in Abuja, ahead of the exercise, said he was satisfied with the level of preparedness by the centres.
He was accompanied by the Registrar of JAMB, Prof. Ishaq Oloyede, during the inspection exercise.
The minister after inspecting two of the centres, Global Distance Learning and Digital Bridge centres, appealed to candidates take advantage of the centres and practice what they were expecting to in the examination, saying such would get them acquainted with the operations regarding computer usage.
He said if the candidates were computer literate, the speed of the examination exercise would be enhanced, adding that such would not make the need to guide the candidates necessary.
The Minister said:“ We are very happy. I have just been to two centres today and I am just very happy with what I am seeing.
“ I am satisfied just as the students are satisfied. But my message to the students is that they should come and use the facilities here and I hope they are computer literate.
“ If they are, they probably do not need the help of the people they will find there.”
Oloyede, while also speaking on the development, said he was glad the minister was out to monitor the level of readiness of some of the centres ahead of the examinations.
According to him, the inspection exercise was JAMB’s compliance on the instruction of the Federal Ministry of Education to get its accredited centres ready for the examinations.
He said:“ The magic behind this is that the minister has given us a mandate and asked us to do the job and we are doing it the way he wanted.’’