The Lagos State wing of the Nigeria Union of Teachers, NUT, says the introduction of the Computer-Based Test, CBT, in secondary schools examinations may not achieve the desired result. The state NUT Chairman, Mr Segun Raheem, made the assertion in Lagos yesterday. Raheem said the situation might be so because most of the students were not adequately prepared for CBT.
He said the students were not prepared due to the non-availability of Information Communication Technology, ICT, facilities and human resources. He noted that computer science which, hitherto, was an optional subject and suddenly made a compulsory subject would leave some students unprepared for CBT. “Computer Science has just been introduced to secondary schools as a compulsory subject which is coming rather late.
“However, only a few Lagos schools have computer science teachers and some schools gave temporary appointment to computer science teachers. “Others got the teachers through the efforts of the Parents’ Forum (PF),” he said. The unionist noted that most of the secondary schools in the state had a desktop or a laptop which they used mostly for administrative work.
He, however, said that only few schools had an ICT laboratory that was fully equipped with internet facilities, noting that “With the present situation, in my own view, I doubt if the use of CBT is result-oriented for students in secondary schools in the state.” “Except if crash programmes on computer studies and practice is introduced in schools, which must allow each student to have a free practice with computer, CBT will not achieve the desired aim. (NAN)