Mrs Sade Gbolayemi, the South-West Zonal Coordinator, Joint Admissions and Matriculation Board (JAMB), said the introduction of the Computer-Based Test (CBT) by the board would curb malpractice.
Gbolayemi made the remark in an interview with the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) in Ibadan on Sunday, as she spoke against the backdrop of the conduct of Saturday’s nationwide JAMB examination.
She said the newly introduced CBT would encourage candidates to study harder to pass the examination.
“The CBT will assist us to achieve zero malpractice in JAMB and all other examinations. It will also allow results to be ready as soon as possible because results will now be sent to candidates’ mobile phones,’’ she said.
The coordinator said that the total number of centres in Oyo State was 74 for paper and pencil test, while five centres were for CBT, with four in Ibadan and one at Igboho.
According to her, the CBT system, which will begin fully next year, needs no serious computer literacy to write the examination.
She added that although the system was computer-based, candidates only needed basic knowledge of computer to undergo it, stressing that “it will also enhance candidates’ ability to use the gadget.’’
Meanwhile, the examination went peacefully in Oyo State, with no case of rancour or misunderstanding as candidates obeyed the rules and invigilators were on hand to inspect and monitor its conduct.
In Nasarawa State, the JAMB examination also went peacefully and without hitch.
NAN reported from different centres that security operatives, including the Nigerian Police Force, the Nigeria Security and Civil Defence Corps were seen providing security.
The supervisors in separate interviews with NAN said the examination centres were violent- free.
Mrs Isha Umar, a Supervisor at Intimacy with Christ International School, Mararaba, Nasarawa State, told NAN that out of 540 candidates who registered at the centre, 13 candidates were absent.
Corroborating Umar, Sanaje Asan, a candidate, said “we are satisfied with the conduct of the examination.’’
Mr Dolapo Ajale of Ave Maria Boys’ College, Nyanya, Abuja, confirmed 21 candidates were absent out of 540 candidates who registered at the centre.
Ajale, however, said some candidates were caught cheating during the examination and were made to fill the malpractice forms in conformity with the ethics of the examination.
At Sentono International School, New Karu, Nasarawa State, Mrs Honnotu Tani, a Supervisor at the centre, told NAN that candidates conducted themselves peacefully “and there was absolute silence throughout the examination.’’ (NAN)
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