Information emerging from the registrar of the Joint Admissions Matriculation Board (JAMB), Professor Dibu Ojerinde, has revealed that, starting from nest year, prospective undergraduates will be undergoing electronic testing as against the old paper-based test. This, he explained, will help check the rising cases of examination malpractices in the country, and it will also make it possible for candidates to get their results immediately.
The registrar made this disclosure while paying a courtesy visit to Governor Gabriel Suswam of Benue State. 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 the end of the examination” the registrar said.
Other justifications put forward for the introduction of this approach to the test include the encouragement of computer literacy, adding that students could also use cell phones for the examination. However, the registrar pointed out that even though this will be introduced next year, it will not be made compulsory for all the candidates yet.
He concludes: “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.”