The Registrar of the Joint Admission and Matriculation Examination (JAMB), Prof. Dibu Ojerinde has been summoned by the House of Representatives to explain the mass failure recorded by students who sat for the last Unified Tertiary Matriculation Examination (UTME) conducted by the body.
This development is coming on the heels of a peaceful demonstration by students in Kano state who protested the poor results as well as the withholding of their results over thumb-print verification.
However, explaining the rationale behind the invitation, Chairman, House Committee on Education, Aminu Suleiman (PDP, Kano) said: “We heard that JAMB authorities had formally explained some reasons for the mass failure, this is not enough if the content of the complaints of Nigerians is anything to go by.
“One of the complaints was that concerning the usage of computer for the exam that most of them have never had contact with computer before or that they only learnt the theory without the practical usage of computers.
“It can be recalled that the House passed a resolution asking JAMB not to use computer for the 2013 exams and they said they would make nit optional; but there were still complaints by Nigerians that some students filled the manual or paper option only to find themselves being asked to write the exams using computers”.
Attempting to establish a relationship between the students’ mass failure and the introduction of computers for the examinations, the Chairman noted that most students, especially those in the rural areas lacked pre-requisite computer knowledge to have performed above par.
“The committee have no option that to act accordingly to work towards finding lasting solutions to the perennial failures of Nigerian students,” he said.