The Joint Admissions and Matriculation Board, JAMB, will from next year commence e-testing of prospective university admission seekers in the conduct of it examinations.
JAMB Registrar, Prof ‘Dibu Ojerinde made this disclosure Tuesday in
Makurdi while on courtesy call on Governor Gabriel Suswam of Benue
He said the board decided to introduce the electronic testing for
prospective undergraduates in order to check the rising cases of
examination practices being perpetrated by candidates.
According to him, “The e-testing if finally introduced will check the
cases of malpractices by JAMB candidates which has become a source of
worry for all stakeholders”.
“When introduced, the e-testing technology would also ensure that our
candidates instantly receive the result of their examination at their
centres at he end of the examination”, Prof. Ojerinde said.
He said since the e-testing would be computer based, it would
encourage computer literacy adding that students could also use cell
phones for the examination stressing that the new method which would be
put to practice by next year will not be made compulsory for all the
According to him, ‘what we are going to do is to put the new method
to practice as from next year while there is option for candidates to go
manual, using pencils and examination sheets, but by the next three
years it will be made mandatory for all candidates sitting for JAMB
examination to use the new technology’.
“We did a survey and about 76 percent respondents approved e-testing
so starting from next year we will commence putting it to practice but
not until three years time that we will fully implement it, so whoever
prefer manual next year and in two years time will be allowed”, he said.
He further stated that as soon as the board perfects the new
technology, other examination bodies; WAEC, NECO and NTI will follow
Governor Gabriel Suswam who commended the board for the new
innovation expressed optimism that it would go a long way to curb
examination malpractices in the country and also called on the board to
find means of halting the miracle centers across the country.