- A non governmental agency, Joint Action Coalition on Education (JACE) has commended the joint admission and matriculation board, Jamb on the successful conduct of Unified Tertiary Matriculation Examination (UTME) held on saturday. JACE gave the commendation during a press briefing in Lagos on Sunday.
Southwest zonal coordinator of the body, Mr Ayokunle Adumashi said JACE covered more than 75% of the 624 designated examination centres for the 1.7 million candidates that sat for the examination in order to see the effectiveness of the new JAMB strategies.
Adumashi said The exuamination was orderly and met set standards in all in the centres monitored by our coalition stating that The few incidents recorded, which were not significant, were largely issues pertaining to human factor and not caused by systems or process.
JACE also explained that the Mock examination earlier conducted by JAMB proved useful in exposing candidates to what to expect in the actual examination thereby, tagging it as an initiative that should be sustained.
“The examination showed the imperative for continued investment in broadband penetration and stability in addition to improving on power supply situation in the country. The suggested improvements would totally eliminate the few glitches recorded.” JACE said.
It however advised Secondary schools to improve on exposing students to ICT so that the country can get to a stage where candidates do not experience cyberphobia or fear of computers or technology at such critical time in their life.
JACE called on Parents to spare no efforts to ensure they have familiarized their children with contemporary technology and trends before they complete secondary school as this will minimize the potentials for the children struggling with technophobia at decisive points in their lives.
“The provision for special needs candidates is commendable. We however urge the Board not to relent in innovating to further make the process pleasant for such candidates.” JACE urged.
JACE also stated that The adoption of Computer Based Test has further reduced the incidence of malpractices with the prospect that we will be talking about its complete elimination in future examination.
It commended The installation of Close Circuit Television (CCTV) cameras at the examination centres which it said further contributed to reducing the incidence of malpractices and also complemented security arrangement for the centres.
JACE therefore commend the management team of JAMB as led by its Registrar, Professor Ishaq Oloyede, for the excellent handling of the 2017 UTME. We however urge the team to carry out a holistic review of any lapses observed with a view to remedying before the next examination.