Revert To Pencil-Paper Tests, House Of Rep Tell Jamb
Jamb CBT. The House of Representative on Thursday, March 17 directed the Joint Admissions Matriculation Examination, JAMB to discontinue the Computer Based Test. The House said â€œtechnical flawsâ€ recorded in the latest computer-based Unified Tertiary Matriculation Examination had exposed JAMBâ€™s lack of capacity to handle the CBT (JAMB computer-based tests).
JAMB CBT to Revert To Pencil-Paper Tests-Reasons.
The House also wants the examinations body to run both the pencil- paper examination and JAMB CBT for candidates who should choose how they want to write exam.
The resolution was passed after a lawmaker from Lagos State. Mr. Oghene Emma-Egoh, had moved a motion on the â€œconflictingâ€ scores of candidates who took the examination.
He said: â€œThe House is worried that serious admission problem is rocking the nation because JAMB receives huge allocation from the Federal Government. They charge candidates all manner of fees and majority of the candidates do not gain admission because of the technical hitches of the JAMB CBT.â€ He cited instances of conflicting scores which was occasioned by technical flaws.
He said: â€œFoluke. The 17-year-old girl in Ejigbo-Lagos. Scored an aggregate of 156 in the JAMB CBT first result. While in the result that later came out, she had an aggregate of 196 in the JAMB CBT.â€ Citing another instance, he said Ibrahim Shawulu from Kogi state who scored 399 out of 400. But in less than 24 hours another result surfaced reducing Shawuluâ€™s score to 199of his JAMB CBT.
Other law makers while supporting insisted the CBT be made optional for the students.
The House which approved of the motion after it was put to a voice vote by the Speaker. Yakubu Dogara also mandated its committee on education to investigate the matter. And report back to the House for further legislative input.