Candidates in the just concluded Computer Based Test of the Unified Tertiary Matriculation Examination (UTME) on Tuesday called for the adoption of the computer mode of examinations in the nation’s tertiary institutions.
Some of them told the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) that the adoption of the pattern of the just concluded CBT-based examination in Lagos would end cheating in examinations in the country.
One of them, Mr Tosin Alabi, said that the mode of examination would be of great benefit to the students.
Alabi said that the mode was an advanced system of conducting examinations all over the world.
He said that the system would encourage students to study more with the help of computers and be familiar with the latest applications on the information and communication technology.
“The computer mode of examination is the best way to end cheating during examinations.
“It is beneficial to students, lecturers and management of the institutions. I prefer the mode because it is very easy, faster and less stressful.
“The system is modern and should be adopted in the tertiary institutions. In developed countries, students sit for their examinations online and it has been successful,“ he said.
Also, Miss Esther Aderanti, said that the mode would be the most preferable, when adopted at the tertiary institution level.
Aderanti said that the mode was also less stressful, unlike the usual paper and pencil examination in which students have examination fever.
“The mode should be adopted to end cheating, sorting and selling of grades to undeserving students.
“With CBT, we can be sure that our graduates merit the certificates they are holding.
“Nobody will sell grades to the highest bidders as is being done presently in our institutions,“ she said.
In her remarks, Miss Kasarachi Anozie, said that the process would enhance accuracy in results and data processing.
Anozie said that the system would not give room for cheating because the questions are not in sequence, like in the paper mode.
“There is no noise, no talking and everybody is on his own.
“It is a good system that will improve students’ performance.
“The computer mode will encourage youths to develop interest in ICT, as well as explore the various opportunities on the internet,“ she said.
Another candidate, Mr Isah Yakubu, said that the computer-based test was better than the old system and should be adopted at all levels of education in the country. (NAN)