JAMB COMMENDS IAUE ICT CENTRE
An official from the Joint Admissions and Matriculation Board (JAMB) Test Administration Unit, JAMB Headquarters, Bwari Abuja, Mr. Tunde Olaleye has commended Ignatius Ajuru University of Education ICT Centre for a hitch free DBT/CBT exercise.
He gave the commendation after IAUE ICT centre had successfully conducted the scheduled Joint Admissions and Matriculation Board (JAMB) Dual Based Test (DBT), Computer Based Test (CBT) and Paper and Pencil Test (PPT).
Mr. Olaleye who promised to write a special commendation report about the centre, lauded them for providing enough computers, manpower, uninterrupted power supply and other facilities needed adding that it has proved to be one of the best JAMB Centres in the country.
In an interview later, the ICT Centre Director, Professor Dele Joshua Osahogulu disclosed that JAMB as an examining body had three different populations of Unified Tertiary Matriculation Examination (UTME) candidates.
The traditional group he said took the Paper and Pencil Test (PPT) which remained the staple system of JAMB examination that Nigerians are used to, on April 27TH 2013 and involved purely paper borne questions and responses. The second category was the Dual Based Test candidates with whom the Paper and Pencil mode was used partially alongside the Computer. The questions were computer borne while responses were made on paper.The third category according to the ICT Director was the Computer Based Test candidates whose questions and responses were purely computer based.
He said that the PPT and DBT were conducted concurrently on the 27th of April 2013 but that because of the challenge in conducting the CBT where the responses were uploaded from the centres and the questions from Abuja which required many computers and a reliable nationwide network, the DBT candidates had to resort to taking the PPT mode.
Professor Osahogulu observed that presently no university or ICT centre in the country has a robust and expansive enough network computers to accommodate all the candidates scheduled to take CBT at once in one day and so batching had to be done over several days.
He noted that although the concurrent PPT and DBT lasted one day, CBT lasted three weeks, two weeks in IAUE from 6am to 6pm with constant power supply by the University’s Estate Unit. JAMB on its part ensured that no university depended on Power Holding Company of Nigeria to avoid even a momentary experience of power outage.
The ICT centre director remarked that a total of one thousand six hundred and seventeen (1617) candidates were assigned to the centre initially but that JAMB moved all the candidates and staff whose centre failed and collapsed to IAUE bringing the total number to two thousand, seven hundred and eighty candidates (2,780). He observed that inspite of the large number of candidates all went well with the CBT which started Saturday 18th May and continued to Friday 31st May 2013.
Professor Osahogulu stated that this was the first time JAMB CBT was taking place and commended JAMB for the initiative. He also observed that JAMB quickly resorted to PPT when DBT failed. CBT he emphasized, afforded greater speed in the whole process, effectively prevented examination misconduct, cheating and fraud. It however placed a heavy strain on the Institution’s computer systems and generators and temporarily denied all other officers in the University access to the ICT network and electrical power that was also rationed in favour of the ICT Centre.
He thanked the IAUE management for all the support given and appealed to JAMB to rectify whatever technical faults had prevented the successful transmission and smooth download of the electronic versions of the test papers. He also suggests consideration of construction of public examination hall facilities by JAMB to include large CBT administration venues which can conveniently sit at least one thousand candidates per batch.