The Joint Admission and Matriculation Board, JAMB, has faulted a report that it had dumped the Computer-Based Test (CBT) mode for the Unified Tertiary Matriculation Examination, UTME.
The board restated its determination to continue all its examinations using CBT mode.
A statement issued in Abuja on Thursday by the spokesperson of JAMB, Fabian Benjamin, said the clarification became necessary “following the misleading caption in the front page of Nation of Thursday March 30 2017. with the headline: “JAMB dumps CBT, adopts eight keys.”
He said, “The headline was not only misleading but capable of causing panic, distortion and confusion in the minds of Nigerians particularly the candidates planning to take the UTME of a well-conceived CBT examination which the Board was consolidating on the gains and feat recorded.”
JAMB registrar, Ishaq Oloyede, had on Wednesday issued a statement at Arewa House, Kaduna, at a strategic planning retreat on monitoring and supervision of 2017 UTME.
Mr. Oloyede disclosed the board’s decision to adopt the use of the eight keys instead of the mouse.
He said: “From the general feedback on the adoption of the Computer Based Test mode, we have noted the challenge of computer low level literacy of some candidates, especially with the phobia for the mouse.
“This has been responsible partly for the call by some people for reversal to the Paper and Pencil Test mode. In order to ensure equity and level playground for all candidates taking the Unified Tertiary Matriculation Examination, the Board has designed a system that will allow candidates use only eight (8) keys without the use of the mouse.