2013 UTME: JAMB trains 166 coordinators for April exams

The Joint Admissions and Matriculation Board (JAMB), as part of its efforts to conduct a hitch-free Unified Tertiary Matriculation Examination (UTME), had a brain-storming meeting with over 166 coordinators for the Computer Based Test (CBT) and Paper Pencil Test (PPT) scheduled for 27th April across the nation.

The coordinators are senior and experienced staff drawn from 190 coordinating institutions and tertiary institutions across the country.

The meeting was designed to keep the coordinators abreast of the 2013 UTME features, its expectation and their roles towards ensuring the success of the examination.

Declaring the training open, the JAMB Registrar Prof ‘Dibu Ojerinde said it would equip the coordinators with skills to reduce shortcomings in the conduct of the examination and familiarise them with the roles of the coordinators, supervisors, centre coordinators, assistant coordinators, invigilators, technical staff and attendants.

“The Joint Admissions and Matriculation Board (JAMB) experience has shown that result blackout, incomplete results and other seemingly problem occur as a result of certain shortcomings often discovered either on the part of the candidate or on the part of other stakeholders right from the stage of registration of candidates to the conduct of the examination. It is against this backdrop that the Board deems it necessary to conduct this training for her examination officials.”

In his address, the Acting Director, Test Administration Department, Dr Yusuf Lawal commended the Registrar, whom he described as Mr. Innovation, for the various initiatives and achievements recorded since he came on Board as the helmsman.

“Between 2007 when Prof ‘Dibu Ojerinde was appointed as the Registrar of JAMB and now, we have recorded a number of achievements too numerous to mention but it will not be out of place, because of its direct relevance to our activity of today to recall with some sense of satisfaction that Professor ‘Dibu Ojerinde introduced the UTME in 2010, on the heel of this we are here in 2013 celebrating the introduction of Computer Based Test (CBT).”

He said the Computer Based Test (CBT) mode will be conducted alongside two other modes, that is, Dual Based Test (DBT) and the traditional Paper and Pencil Test (PPT). In the CBT mode, the deployment of question and responses would be on the computer while in the DBT the question will be deployed on the computer while responses would be on Optical Mark Readable (OMR) answer sheets; and the traditional PPT would be presented on paper and the responses will be on (OMR) answer sheets.

However, from 2015, he said only the CBT mode would be used for the examination.

“It would be most appropriate to re-emphasize that the transition period from PPT to CBT is three years lasting till 2015 when it is expected that all candidates for the Board’s Matriculation Examination will sit for the test electronically.”

Culled from: The Nation

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