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UTME: Group urges JAMB to improve its operations

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Folashade Adebayo

A group, the Joint Action Coalition on Education, has called for more investment in internet facilities as well as power generation and supply as a precursor for a hitch-free conduct of the Unified Tertiary Matriculation Examination.

The group also called on schools to expose their pupils to Information and Communication Technology before they complete their secondary school education. According to the coalition, this will familiarise them with computer operations and knowledge needed to tackle computer-based questions in external examination.

 The South West Zonal Coordinator, JACE, Ayokunle Adumashin, said this on Sunday during a briefing on the ongoing Unified Tertiary Matriculation Examination in Lagos.

Adumashin, who claimed that monitors from the coalition more than 75 per cent of the designated centres, noted that the examination “complied with global standards in handling of examination and provision of conducive environment

He said, “From our observations, the examination was orderly and met standards in all the centres monitored by our coalition. The few incidents recorded, which were not significant, were largely caused by human factor and not caused   by systems. The mock examination earlier conducted by JAMB proved that exposing candidates to what to expect in the actual examination 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 improvement would totally eliminate the few glitches recorded.’’

Adumashin also noted that the introduction of Closed Circuit Television would help to reduce the incidence of exam malpractice.

“Secondary schools should improve on exposing students on 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 lives.

Parents must on their part spare no efforts to ensure they familiarise their children with contemporary technology and trends before they complete throe secondary school as this will minimise the potentials for the children struggling with technophobia at decisive points in their lives,’’ he said.

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