JAMB to opt for com­puter based test for N/East can­di­dates

Daily Trust - - NEWS - By Habibu Umar Aminu

The in­sur­gency in the north east of the coun­try may force the Joint Ad­mis­sion and Ma­tric­u­la­tion Board (JAMB) to con­duct Com­puter Base Test for can­di­dates in the re­gion the board Reg­is­trar Pro­fes­sor Dibu Ojerinde has said.

The af­fected states are Borno, Yobe and Adamawa.

Speak­ing ahead of this weekend Uni­fied Ma­tric­u­la­tion Ex­am­i­na­tion ( UTME) across the coun­try, Ojerinde said the se­cu­rity sit­u­a­tion was be­ing mon­i­tored and that in the worst case sce­nario, “we shall re­sort to CBT (Com­puter based test) for these can­di­dates’’.

Sta­tis­tics made avail­able to news­men shows that the North East states were among the 10 with the low­est en­rol­ment for the ex­ams.

Yobe state had 7,218 can­di­dates and Borno; 12,905 can­di­dates for the Paper Pen­cil Test (PPT). A to­tal num­ber of 1.6 mil­lion can­di­dates are to take part in this year’s UTME.

Ac­cord­ing to Ojerinde the North East re­gion has been hav­ing a de­clin­ing num­ber of can­di­dates over time say­ing ‘’in­se­cu­rity has not only af­fected ed­u­ca­tion but the econ­omy, in­dus­tries and even se­cu­rity it­self ’’.

He said, se­cu­rity mat­ters are con­fi­den­tial and enough strate­gies are been adopted by the board for the smooth con­duct of the ex­er­cise not only in the re­gion but all over the coun­try.

He said the ex­am­i­na­tion will hold si­mul­ta­ne­ously in 392 towns in the coun­try and 7 for­eign cen­ters in Ac­cra, Ghana, Buea in Camer­ron, Cotonou in Benin, Lon­don in UK, Jeddah in Saudi Ara­bia, Jo­han­nes­burg in South Africa and Abid­jan in Cote D’Voire.

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