Opinion: Problems That Have Drastically Reduced After JAMB Introduced CBT IN 2013

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Since the introduction of the Computer-based Test (CBT) system in UTME there has been drastic improvement and reduction in certain malpractices that initially characterised the JAMB. However, some aspects are still lagging behind. For instance, JAMB has not recorded much improvement in respect to students performance in the examination.

The Joint Admission and Matriculation Board was instituted by the federal government in 1978 to administer entrance examination and to admit prospective student to universities and other tertiary institution, from the inception stage JAMB is not without challenges.

At the early stages, it was rumoured and believed that people with upper hand could get considerable marks for their children or wards by appeasing certain officials and agents. The rumour ceased after the Computer-based Test (CBT) replace the Paper-Pencil Test (PPT). 

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At some point, cases of examination malpractices and impersonations was ravaging the system, then Computer-based Test (CBT) system.

In 2013, Computer-based Test (CBT) was Introduced in view that it would help curb the menace of examination malpractice, bribery and impersonation. Manual identification was replaced by biometric capturing. This process made for transparency and reduced prevalence of examination malpractices and impersonations as only verified candidates had to be logged in to a computer to sit for the examination.

Do you agree that Computer-based Test reduce examination malpractice in JAMB? Most of the things candidates complain about since the introduction of CBT are malfunction of some computers during the examination and poor performance, and no longer impersonation and examination malpractices.

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