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– FG urged to adopt JAMB’s CBT for national exams, recruitment tests
– CBT for recruitment test.
The President Muhammadu Buhari-led Federal Government has been
urged to adopt the Computer Based Test (CBT) introduced by the Joint
Admissions and Matriculation Board (JAMB), across board for all government examinations and recruitment tests.
A statement by the Executive Secretary, New Initiative for Credible
Leadership, Samson Onwu explained that the confirmation by
stakeholders that CBT has successfully checked examination fraud in the
Unified Tertiary Matriculation Examination (UTME) is proof that the
method is the innovative way to go.
The statement noted that the doubts that usually accompany government examinations and job tests would be a thing of the past if CBT is adopted since the method has proven trustworthy enough to result in the abolition of post-UTME tests that tertiary institutions used to conduct.
The statement read: “We know that the results of Common Entrance
Examination into secondary schools and Unity School entrance examinations usually have acceptability issues since examination fraud
has spread even to that level of education and we believe that what the
Registrar of JAMB, Professor Dibu Ojerinde has done with CBT for UTME
should be introduced at that level.
“The CBT could also help end the rowdiness usually associated with
written interviews for government jobs since Nigerian youths usually
apply in their hundreds of thousands. “JAMB successfully conducted the
UTME for over 1.5million candidates using CBT without the kind of
stampede that had claimed lives in government job interviews.
This makes CBT a lifesaving alternative to the existing system.
It can be applied for the competency test before recruitment processes move
to the next stage. “We are certain that the corrupt tendencies like
cheating, favouritism and nepotism that plague examination and
government recruitment processes would become things of the past with
the adoption of this system.”
The group further stressed that what the Professor Ojerinde led JAMB
has done is a testimony to the fact that the organisation can handle
such assignment in addition to its mandate of conducting entrance
examination for tertiary schools.
It suggested that “JAMB should partner with the Federal Character
Commission and recruitment agencies to give Nigerians confidence in
the numerous initiatives that President Muhammadu Buhari has
introduced in the implementation of the change agenda.
“This will also ensure that the infrastructure for CBT are in use all
year round with continuous opportunity for improvement based on
experience from each examination or test conducted.”